Up Fur Discussion

December 29, 2007 • Magazine

Up Fur Discussion

Up Fur Discussion

Sat, 2007-12-29 17:00

Thomas Kikis

As a guy, I’m rarely faced with the fur and animal cruelty dilemma. On occasion, I’ll come across a shearling jacket or a sweatshirt with a fur trim hood. They usually don’t fit me, nor do they fit my budget. With such limits, I can live life without guilt. Women on the other hand have plenty of reasons to cross over to the dark side: Chinchilla coats, tops with mink details, and sweater dresses made of alpaca soft enough to sleep in. It’s a buzz kill when you think of what the animals went through to be transformed from fury, four-legged creatures to a Louis Vuitton cape made especially for Andre Leon Talley to wear during fashion week.

After Googling “animal cruelty” I was greeted with websites featuring squeamish pictures of rabbits, sheep, and other animals that I could not identify. All of which were covered in blood and locked into cages. PETA’s website screams at you: “Fur is worn by beautiful animals & ugly people.” I understand their message, but why must they use cheesy rhymes and elementary finger pointing in order to prove a point? I highly doubt such PR shenanigans will catch the attention of the fashion leaders and influencers they are trying to reach out to. But I guess everyone’s an attention whore – even if the trampiness is for a positive end result.

Now that I’ve sufficiently stressed you out, I will provide some much deserved retail therapy. I will not preach about where I stand on the issue and tell you which side to take. When it comes to passing moral judgment, I am in no position to slam down the gavel and guilt anyone into tears. I once “borrowed” the handicap tag off my grandmother’s rear-view mirror and used it when going to the mall. Such tomfoolery only led to finding a scathing, hand-written note under my windshield wiper when I returned to my car: “You are a selfish, spoiled teenager. You should be ashamed of yourself…” and so on. I was actually 20 at the time and I should have known better. I could have at least faked a limp as I made my way into Saks to buy myself a winter jacket. At least it wasn’t lined with fur.

1. Anna Wintour image peta.org
2. Kate Moss Bauer Griffin
3. Stella McCartney FW07 Style.com

4. Stella McCartney Appaloosa Large Tote net-a-porter.com
5. Rebecca Taylor Faux Fur Trim Coat net-a-porter.com
6. Stella McCartney Satin/Patent Platform Pumps intermixonline.com

7. Andrew Marc Focus Felted Wool Coat saksfifthavenue.com
8. Louis Vuitton Black Mink Scarf eluxury.com
9. Marc Jacobs Monica Mink/Python Clutch saksfifthavenue.com

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