Are You Fur Real?
The topic of using real fur in the fashion industry has been something that has been ongoing for many years now. After many high-end brands have been under fire for using real fur in their clothing designs, a few top names within the industry have listened and have finally pledged to go sans fur from now on. Designers such as Gucci and Armani have been amongst the selection to initiate this honourable decision, with Chanel and Versace following closely behind after London and Paris Fashion Week AW18. ‘I don’t want to kill animals to make fashion. It doesn’t feel right.’ Says the woman herself, Donatella Versace – but are they aware of the consequences of switching to the opposite side of the debate?
Obviously, the other more moral alternative to real fur is faux fur, right? Don’t be so sure because recently in an article by Financial Times, it has come to light that faux fur may not be as good as your think it is: ‘Most faux-fur coats get discarded on landfills rather than saved as hand-me-down heirlooms. And, even when faux-fur is kept in use, it sheds microbeads with every wash, increasing sea pollution.’ Doesn’t sound good does it?
In this dispute, it would appear as though you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t so the next step is to see in what innovative and inspired ways these fashion houses can create exceptional and quality clothing in a more sustainable and eco-friendly way.
What are your thoughts about the faux fur debate?