Is fur Still Fashionable?

Fur Fashion, which is linked with luxury and high social position, will always be fashionable. Every year, designers present new and fascinating ideas about length, color, type, or model used.

With this spring 2023 couture collection for Schiaparelli, Daniel Roseberry unwittingly flung open the gates of hell in more ways than one. The collection, which drew inspiration from Dante Alighieri’s “Inferno” in part, fanned the fires of online debate—a level of damnation Alighieri undoubtedly would have condemned some of his subjects to had he been aware of the status of the internet in 2023.

They leaped down the catwalk. Irina Shayk in a black velvet column topped with a proud lion, its tongue clearly raised in search of its next meal; Shalom Harlow in a cocktail dress entirely covered in a facsimile of a leopard’s snowy pelt, complete with a snarling head at the bust; Naomi Campbell in a shaggy fur coat, a wolf’s snout poking out from the left shoulder like a deleted scene.

They are carefully calibrated conversation starters (to cynics, an empty gimmick) in a time when there is debate over whether wealth should whisper or yell. They are handcrafted by artisans from foam, resin, wool, and hand-painted silk faux fur. Roseberry has obviously chosen a side.

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Even though they were man-made, tens of thousands of vociferous commentators on the brand’s Instagram pictures found Schiaparelli’s creations unsettling in their brazenness. With venomous rage, words like frightening, repulsive, and disgraceful flew.

One user encapsulated their thoughts by saying, “Bad idea! Bad taste!” The terrible killing of a real leopard came to be associated with a surreal leopard.

Yet one element was lost in the commotion as supermodels strutted in wearing recreations of exotic skins. The highly accurate rendition of an iconic raw material that Roseberry chose to display unintentionally made all other brands’ petroleum-derived faux fur appear subdued in comparison.

How simple it would be for a company to mock its upcoming faux-fur coat release with the caption: Hey, at least ours don’t have faces for you to feel horrible for.

Hot-take havers fail to take into account the true harm, both environmental and ethical, that exists at the center of faux-fur production in their haste to express worry about how these pieces may symbolize or glorify game hunting.

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Manufacturers of plastic fur substitutes, which are primarily made of polyester, a nonbiodegradable fabric with projected global sales of $174.7 billion by 2032, can now rework their marketing to win over the apathetic public. The false self does, however, contain a hint of the genuine self.

Our attention is diverted from how we use other animal products in fashion, such as calf leather, which directly clashes with industrial farming methods in the food business, by the hyperreality of aesthetic experiments like those at Schiaparelli.

So why be concerned about a lion head made of silk and wool when so much leather is squandered on the production of limitless quantities of inferior, disposable goods?


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