Thursday, 20 November 2008

Why are we still arguing about this?

Only a few years ago the concept of wearing fur was becoming as extinct as some of the species it was seeking to ‘use’ and yet only a short while later fashion has once again shown that there is no limit to how low it will go in the pursuit of money.

It seems that Vogue magazine in a bid to shock (and therefore improve sales) has once again printed a fur issue, showing what an outdated institution it has become. Pages upon pages of ridiculous looking furs made with wild and unusual animals dressed otherwise scantily clad models in the winter issue. I kept searching for a little footnote along the lines of ‘the furs used in this article are synthetic’ but none were there, and to this day I find it unbelievable and repulsive that this kind of thing is allowed to happen in the 21st century!

Shock of all shocks was finding that these were not the creations of a small, unknown designer but rather the conception of known and previously respected brands.

The list of brands included in this ‘homage to the macabre’ included: Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Alexander McQueen. I wonder if the sales depression following a worldwide economic crisis is making them more edgy in search for free advertising and infamy?

Anna Wintour (editor-in-chief of American Vogue) is probably motivated by the inevitable backlash this kind of idiocy causes and I suspect relishes in the extra coverage it achieves for her and her outfit. How sad to think that there might actually be people out there tempted to buy this stuff…

Of course if, like the majority of humanity, you oppose this kind of thing then help is at hand. Various organizations do work to fight against “killing for fashion” and you can find interesting information on and

Do your bit and please don’t buy a fur coat, for one thing you’ll look ridiculous!

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