THERE’S ONLY ONE TIME TO FAKE IT, AND THAT’S WHEN YOU WANT TO WEAR FUR
the unseasonally cooler start to the month was a shock to the system, but seeing a woman wearing a fur vest to the supermarket recently really sent shivers down my spine.
Fur has been a hairy topic for me since my late teens when I wore a 1940s fox stole I bought from Little House of Treasures downstairs in Rundle St (for those who remember) to a friend’s birthday, where another guest did all but throw red paint on me.
While I was comforting myself that the stole was vintage, I couldn’t shrug off the fact that my homage to the old-school Hollywood look was more like a scene from a horror movie. I was wearing a dead animal (the fox had a head, tail and legs) and it was chilling.
Being two or more degrees of separation from the initial purchase made me no less guilty of wearing fur. By wearing it I was saying fur is more than OK – it’s glamorous.
Which now seems to be the word on the street and definitely the catwalk with more than 400 designers using fur in their ready-to-wear collections, according to fur-style.com. They include Nicole Miller, whose blue fur vest at New York Fashion Week, above, reminded me of Sesame Street’s Grover – and not in a good way.
The fur may not be the product of barbaric killings as is the practice in the Chinese trade, where animals, including dogs, are often skinned alive and garments are incorrectly labelled, meaning you could be doing a Cruella de Vil and wearing a coat made from puppy fur without even knowing it, according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
There are also “guilt-free” options such as US designer Cree Mccree’s “Righteous Fur” pelts made from swamp rats culled legally to protect eco systems in Louisiana and Oregon.
But if you want to be warm and fuzzy about fur, it has to be faux or nothing. [email protected]vertiser.com.au