Friend or Faux?

I have always observed fashion, but first became aware of fur and PETA when I was about twelve years old.  I adored all the original supermodels...Claudia, Naomi, but Cindy was my absolute favourite.  When she first posed for PETA I made a stand to always be anti fur prior to that my life consisted of riding my bike and deciding on what Barbie was going to wear.  I am no Stella McCartney and I enjoy a good steak, but how fine is the line between what we wear, what we eat and our ideals surrounding fashion!  Who ends up being the victim of our never ending search for the next trend!

Elle magazine recently asked me for my opinion on fur.   Is wearing vintage fur okay?  What about faux fur is it trendy or just tacky?  Is fur reserved for the ageing, kooky aunt or front row fashion maven?
I want to hear what you have to say...

Please tell me your thoughts.
If you would prefer to email me your thoughts - please do.

*Update:  Thank you to those who commented last week as well as the emails.
Unfortunately this post disappeared during the Blogger maintenance - please leave your thoughts again. 


  1. Faux fur is DEFINITELY the way to go - the way they skin those poor animals alive makes me wonder if humans are capable of any real act of compassion towards nature.

    it makes me sick to my stomach - as if we dont do enough harm already!!

  2. Unless I am dieing in the wilderness somewhere and need the fur to stay warm, I won't touch it. We have plenty of other natural animal-friendly textiles, as well as man-made textiles, to choose from. However, I don't see anything wrong with wearing leather. If you eat the cow don't waste the hide. However, I don't think Steers is going to put a Tiger or Mink burger on their menu any time soon.

  3. No fur! I think there are perfect synthetic materials that can be made to look like fur! And it's not like we live in Alaska or the Antarctic, or even Siberia where you need fur to stay alive.

  4. I would not wear fur. I think it is cruel and unnecessary. I do however love leather and I eat meat. This makes me feel like a bit of a hypocrite, but I am not willing to give up the leather and the steak!

    Faux fur all the way, I don't think it's tacky at all.

  5. Very interesting discussion, and one that it's nice to see back on the agenda after quite a while. I agree that we are often hypocritical in our fashion/eating/environmental choices. I am a vegetarian, but I have a terrible weakness for vintage leather.

    On the fake fur point, fake all the way, baby! Why not? It feels less sickening for a start...

  6. The fur issue is definitely close to my heart. Thank you for standing up against it, its magazines like Elle and Marie Claire (who did a big anti-fur article last year) that can really make a difference.

    People need to understand that fur is a separate industry to meat. I'm a vegetarian, so although I do believe that meat-eating is unnecessary, I can see its purpose as nourishment. Fur is completely unnecessary, and even if you are a meat-eater you are supporting another cruel practice, involving animals literally being skinned alive.

    I really do with fashion heavy-weights like Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour would stop promoting fur as desirable, when they stop supporting it so will all the trendsetters, etc etc.

    Anyway thats my 2 cents :) x

  7. i totally agree with you friend!


  8. Agreed! Fur belongs on the animals.

  9. We live in 2011, with central heating and warm cosy clothes which we can buy in shops. We don't need to slaughter innocent animals to steal their clothes off their mutilated remains anymore! So please people, wearing real fur is not a fashion statement. It is cruel and need to stop!

  10. Thanks for the comments!
    Good to hear what you have to say.


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