Karl Lagerfeld presented his autumn-winter 2015 collection for Fendi at Milan Fashion Week last week, and it features lots of fur. Now he's announced that he will stage Fendi's first ever couture show this July, that it will be called Haute Fourrure, and that, yep, it will feature lots and lots of fur.
In an interview with the New York Times, Lagerfeld explained that Fendi's roots lie in the creation of fur products, and that he wants to drive Fendi's tradition with fur into the 21st Century, and into the hands of the customers who can afford it. "In the past, Fendi did only fur...Then they started to do ready-to-wear and funny fur (i.e. faux fur), but this was 40 years ago. Now, it's time to do the highest level of couture fourrure. But better to do it during haute couture because it's the right place to show it to the right people. That's a very simple idea. It's nothing going back to any roots. It's planting new trees," he explained.
He also also defended the use of fur in fashion by describing the size of the industry, and the amount of people employed by the creation of fur products. "It's very easy to say no fur, no fur, no fur, but it's an industry. Who will pay for all the unemployment of the people if you suppress the industry of the fur? The hunters in the north for the sable, they have no other job, there is nothing else to do. Those organizations who are much against it, they are not Bill Gates."
He's right. As Dazed Digital report, the sale of fur products accounted for $35.8 billion in 2014. But just because an industry exists around a product, that doesn't make said product ethical. Slavery was an "industry" not so long ago, after all.
Here's some information about the slaughter of baby harp seals for their fur. This is an eye witness report from the Washington Post: "[A] seal appearing to gasp for air, blood running from its nose as it lies on an ice floe. Not far away, a sealer sharpens his knife blade. The seal seems to be thrashing as its fur is sliced from its torso." Seems like a pretty hard practice to defend, right?
Via Dazed Digital
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