|A Jazz Age gal in a J. Mendel fur, from a 2012 Bergdorf holiday window.|
Maybe I should be asking, Did fur ever go away? Because I had assumed it did. It seemed for awhile if you were caught in public wearing a fur coat of any kind, someone from PETA might be very close by, willing to throw red paint your way to make the point that killing an animal to make a coat out of its fur is unethical and unacceptable!
Or maybe that was just the way the media spun it.
But between the holiday windows at Bergdorf Goodman this past year (okay, maybe every year), and a few ads and editorial spreads I saw in a recent Harper’s Bazaar, I have to wonder if fashion editors and merchandisers have just decided to get on with it and feature some fur, PETA be damned. For instance, Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, wears a fair amount of fur and she doesn’t seem to be heckled for it or have any pangs of conscience about it.
|Anna in a white shearling coat. Photo by Gareth Cattermole.|
|Side note: I want a cute young man to hold an umbrella for me too.|
I don’t know if I have an Official Opinion regarding fur. I don’t own any, save for a collar I picked up from a neighbor who had draped it over her gate, hoping to pass it on, and I can’t work up the guilt about owning it since it’s a vintage piece, probably from the 1950s or 60s, when I think fur was a lot more acceptable than today. I am not vegetarian and I do wear leather shoes and carry leather bags. I will be honest and admit I find the fur coats Bergdorf shows in their windows every winter jaw-droppingly gorgeous, however if I had that kind of money to spend, I would take it right to Cartier for some pavé diamond jewelry, I would not be buying a fur coat!
|A gorgeous fur coat by J. Mendel in a 2014 Bergdorf holiday window. Stunning!|
|Another fur (probably J. Mendel) from a 2011 Bergdorf holiday window.|
|From the Dec 2014/Jan 2015 issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Photo by Jennifer Livingston.|
|From the same issue, an advertisement for fur coats.|
|Detail of a fur collar added to a J. Crew coat, from “How I Wear My: Coat,” January 2014.|
I do think there are some really pretty and glamorous faux fur options out there so if I had my eye on that kind of look I would definitely be buying faux.
Do you wear fur or are you opposed to it?