Few weeks ago I saw this Shrimps “Wilma” faux fur coat on Net-à-Porter and I liked it immediately.
For a moment, considering the price (715€/£595/$995), I thought that it was a real fur but then I read the details which confirmed that it was a faux fur. Yay!
In fact Shrimps is a brand that makes only faux fur clothes and accessories.
When it comes to fur, we all know that there’s a big controversy about it.
I’ve always been against real one, since the moment I learnt that it involves the killing of animals.
When I was a child I thought that furs were made like sweaters (I know, some people are against sweaters, too, and refuse to wear wool), that during summer animals were hot so somebody cut their hair which was so soft that… why don’t using it to make a beautiful soft coat? Ah, what a wonderful world!
I remember that my favorite aunt used to wear furs and I especially liked one made of white minks (I feel bad just writing this right now).
When I discover the truth (I can’t remember how) I was shocked. The world was so evil! I never touched that white coat again.
Since then, the only real fur I couldn’t resist was my cocker spaniel’s, even if he didn’t particularly like to be over cuddled!
Even if I’m totally against real furs, I would lie if I wrote that I find them ugly. Some of them (and I want to stress some) are really beautiful but they’re like the blood diamonds. How can you like and desire a beautiful thing that derives from so much pain?
Every time I buy a faux fur coat or accessory I wonder if it seems real.
Few years ago I was passing by a couple of girls and one of them looked at my faux fur shrug and told me “how disgusting, you’re heartless!”. When I bought that shrug I thought it looked plain false and I didn’t expect that someone could take it for real.
I found quite ironic that a person like me, whose childhood’s dream was to become vegetarian, could pass for a sort of Cruella De Vil.
Nowadays it’s clear that we can be perfectly stylish wearing a faux fur.
I think that maybe wearing a synthetic fur was once considered a sign of poverty, like you were wearing an imitation because you couldn’t afford a real one. But now many fashion houses, like Lanvin, Carven and Nina Ricci (just to mention few names) make beautiful cruelty-free coats, so wearing a real one means sending a message.
People who approve real furs defend their choice in many ways. I won’t write about very unpleasant things but stick to fashion, instead.
Let me say that if you think that faux furs are cold (which can be true) you can remedy by lining them with a wool fabric.
Those who say that men have always protected themselves from cold and bad weather using furs and leathers maybe didn’t study that men used to live in caves, eat raw food and maybe pursue women by hitting them with a club. Aren’t the times a bit different? Do women who wear furs prefer a hit on the head instead of flowers and jewels?
While celebrities like Rihanna, Kate Moss (oh, Kate, why?) and Lady Gaga (who once told to Ellen Degeneres during The Ellen Degeneres Show “I hate fur and I don’t wear fur”, maybe only to please the host) like real furs, others like Eva Mendes, Jessica Chastain and Jared Leto, really despise them.
Alexa Chung prefers faux furs and Scott Schuman, from The Sartorialist, few months ago wrote on his blog “I stay away from wearing anything that I consciously feel may offend (that includes fur)”, which I find really tactful.
Alexa Chung has been photographed more than once wearing “Joseph” coat and carrying “Daisy” clutch, both by Shrimps (the brand is called this way because shrimps was the childhood nickname of founder Hannah Weiland). She’s been also pictured wearing a color block fur while taking a stroll in New York. While some consider it real, I think it’s faux, but I couldn’t identify it.
Anna Dello Russo, who often wears furs, once said that she can’t conciliate the fact she loves both furs and animals. I hope one day she will side with animals and wear only faux furs. It would be a great message from someone so important in the fashion business.
Jared Leto only wears faux furs, he’s vegan and supports animal and human rights.
Lady Gaga said more than once that she was against real furs but she’s wearing them a lot, even if many of her fans seem to be disappointed about this U-turn.
This is the first time I take a stand against something here, on the blog. At the beginning I was just planning a post about my favorite faux furs for the upcoming winter then I decided to face this thorny subject.
I want to stress that even if I can’t write things like “I’m against real furs but I respect that people want to wear and produce them” I would never attack or bash anyone for thinking differently.
So, before starting to a look at all the faux furs I chose for you, let me end this long post with these words by Mahatma Gandhi, “The good man is the friend of all living things”.
And now, let’s take a look at some stylish faux furs.