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Fur is Back on the Catwalk



In 1994, four of the world’s most famous supermodels were splashed across billboards under the slogan “We’d rather go naked than wear fur”.

Fast-forward 21 years and it seems it is now another story for Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Elle Macpherson and Cindy Crawford, who have been pictured in fur coats, and trimmed parkas.

They are not alone in falling off the anti-fur wagon. Figures from the International Fur Federation show that demand for mink, sable, fox and ferret has soared and farmers have stepped up production.

In 2013-14, 87.2 million mink pelts were produced around the world, with 35 million produced by China alone.

China also remains one of the biggest producers of fox pelt, and together with Finland was responsible for 91 per cent of the 7.8 million fox furs produced globally.

The figures — the first to show a breakdown of different pelts — follow on from research by the IFF last year that valued the global fur trade at more than $53 billion.

On the British catwalks last year, more than 60 per cent of shows featured fur, and at New York fashion week the figure topped 70 per cent. While luxury labels such as Fendi have a long history of featuring real fur in their shows, fur is increasingly being used by newer brands as well. In New York, the up-and-coming label Cushnie Et Ochs said fur was its favourite material of the season, adding that it was “not ashamed”.

Karl Lagerfeld is putting on a special “couture fur” show in fashion week in Paris to mark his 50th anniversary of working for Fendi.

“The Fendi haute fourrure fashion show is the opportunity to stage the royal furs of furs,” he says.

Lagerfeld told The New York Times: “It’s very easy to say no fur, no fur, no fur, but it’s an industry. Who will pay for all the unemployment of the people if you suppress the industry of the fur?”

Sources: www.news.com.au


Fur Industry News - World Wide
by RB Media Group
Posted: July 8, 2015