Fall and Winter fashion trends often revolve around a central material, fur. This is evident from the Dries Van Noten, Juicy Couture, Adrienne Landau, Vera Wang, and Zadig & Voltaire fall fashion lines. However, as some of you may know, West Hollywood’s city council voted 3-1 to ban the fuzzy trend, at least within their city limits. A spokeswoman for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Lindsay Rajt, was quoted by the NY Times as saying: “These days, fur is falling out of favor with most designers”. We can cite Calvin Klein’s fur free runway as well as Ralph Lauren’s furless models. She also said “I think West Hollywood is setting a tremendous example for other cities to follow.”
I understand the concept, CA sets legislative trends (ie. AB 32) and hopefully the world listens; however, is this one a little too far reaching? It doesn’t seem like anyone’s listening anyway there is no shortage of furry fashion on Melrose, Beverly Blvd, even La Brea. In all actuality, the recession has done a number on many of LA’s shopping locals-take a walk down Melrose and count the For Lease signs. Does the city really need to hobble our fashion industry any more that the financial climate already has? Don’t get me wrong, I’m NOT for kicking puppies, but humans have been wearing fur since before we had language. Is WeHo showing a little hubris by attempting to alter a million year old trend?
Learn more about the ban at NYtimes.com.