There is a lot of fur on the runways for fall and I am conflicted about it. I am not a paint splashing activist but I would like to think that there is a growing social consciousness over the rights and treatment of animals. It seems to me that at this point in time we should be moving away from the slaughter of animals as a sign of luxury and sophistication.
As a vintage vixen I make allowances for secondhand fur. It’s better to wear and appreciate secondhand fur than put it in a landfill. Yet the hunting and cultivation of animals for modern day fashion is not something I can get behind even if it does tantalize my senses with it’s softness and lavishness.
I know that it becomes a slippery slope with ethics — should we stop using leather, silk…? Yet I think we need to find a new definition of luxury following in the footsteps of Stella McCartney, where style is not dependent on such materials to be considered high fashion. The more we shift the focus towards sustainability and innovative textiles the more desirable they will become.