You know who likes to wear fur? Cute animals. We are talking about little buddies like this guy who like to frolic, poop outside, nibble on carrots and hide chocolate eggs:
But while this cutie might get a kick out of keeping his fur, people love to take it and put it on coats and the like. Celebrities, for example, love it:
They certainly look warm, and of course celebs aren’t the only human beings who have draped furs on themselves to look fabulous. Heck, we live in Canada, a nation whose entire economic fortitude can be traced back to the fur trade. Hello, Hudson’s Bay Company, anyone? But just because celebrities do it and our nation was sort of founded on the practice, does it make it okay?
One brand who doesn’t care at all what you think is Fendi. The brand, designed by Karl Lagerfeld, is going to show an all-fur collection at Paris Couture Week. All fur; not just some. And while Fendi has never been one to have an aversion to fur, there are some critics who think it should.
Brigitte Bardot (yes, the illustrious film star) wrote a letter to Choupette (yes, Karl Lagerfeld’s spoiled cat) asking the pretty kitty to purr in its owner’s ear so that its furry friends could be spared. Alas, the show appears to be going on without a hitch. It’s an interesting time for fur, though, and one has to wonder if its place still exists in fashion. As of June 16, 2015, 92 fashion brands have banned the use of Angora in any of their collections. Even more recently, Hugo Boss released a statement, noting how it will eliminate all farmed fur from its collections as of 2016. And then of course, there’s PETA with its sometimes-extreme approaches to spreading an anti-cruelty message.
But for every person against fur, there’s a person for it. And even though the fur industry is attempting to rebrand itself as sustainable, many simply don’t buy it. And some critics even speculate that the processing of synthetic furs can have a negative impact on the environment, due to the chemicals used to treat the products. It’s truly a conflict as old as time.
But what do you think? Is fur fashionable? Or just plain cruel? Take the poll below!