Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Fur Still a Glamorous Fashion Statement?

Styledash posted a relatively controversial article today with regard to the use of real fur in fashion. Many would argue that in today's world of bountiful synthetic furs and materials that the use of real fur is unnecessary and cruel. There seem to have been multiple paradigm shifts over the last few years in determining the iconic value associated with fur fashion pieces, however the overall consensus (I thought) was that wearing fur is generally looked down upon in the US.

I do admit, however, that having had worn fur in the past, I never personally experienced any negativity from other people in doing so...

Anyway, here is the original Styledash Article:

anna wintour fur coatFur gets a bad rap from activists and animal lovers alike, but that hasn't slowed fur down one bit. No matter how much "blood" gets thrown on them by angry PETA protesters, fur coats will never go out of style.

Fur coats and their other fashionable counterparts have been associated with wealth, class, and success for centuries. Fur was first used in prehistoric times for obvious reasons like warmth and protection – but they were also used for fashion and adornment. During the Middle Ages fur was used mainly for fashion purposes and was seen as a symbol for wealth and class affiliation. In those times fur was being used for coats, shawls, cuffs, and even on the hems of gowns.

Today luxury labels like Dior, Fendi and Gucci use fur in their designs, and we all know what class of women can afford those. For those of us who want the look of fur without harming animals or paying the massive price tag, there are plenty of "faux" choices out there for us that look pretty darn real. One of my favorites is this faux fur swing coat from Juicy Couture.

Styledashers, what do you wear: faux fur or the real deal?

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