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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 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]­ver­

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