FUR - Is it worth it for fashion's sake?

25 February 2010


Every single fashion week the fur debate flares up (remember the tofu pie – Anna Wintour incident)… This time it’s Twiggy leading the anti-comrades. The Sixties-icon-turned-M&S-‘face’ claims fur used on the catwalk came from animals kept in ‘inhumane’ conditions and that using 20 foxes or 80 minx to make one coat was ‘intolerably cruel’.
‘I am very sad that some designers are still using real fur when the fake alternatives are so effective and so easily obtainable,’ she said, ‘These poor animals are kept in such terrible and inhumane conditions. Is it really worth this cruelty just for fashion's sake? I don't think so.’
Her claims are based on a new report by the Animal Defenders international which revealed cruelty at certified fur farms in Finland which supplies many UK designers.
But others, like Topshop Unique managed to pull off the woodland vibe, using synthetic alternatives (can you tell the difference?)
Either way, fur has been a major theme for the majority of A/W’10 collections. We all know the fashion industry merry-go-rounds trends, but is the revival of fur one come-back we could do without?
Anti or pro? Whose side are you on?

By Amy Molloy


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