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Held in Paris June 18-26, fur was largely absent during the Autumn/Winter 2019-20 collections displayed during the Haute Couture Fashion Week.
From France’s iconic Jean Paul Gaultier to Italy’s Sofia Crociani, fur was no longer used by the luxury maisons as an upmarket, traditional material of choice for the cold winter days. While Gaultier created an optical illusion by playing with feathers, rhinestones and animal prints on silk or satin, Crociani told local media she created coats and dresses by mixing cashmere, silk and camel hair and said she refuses to use ‘faux fur’, which is made from plastics and cannot be recycled, and that she would rather “wait for eco-friendly” alternatives.
Also rejecting the use of fur, Dutch designer Ronald Van Der Kemp said that "faux fur is the worst of the worst, it stays for years, a lifetime". Givenchy’s British designer, Clare Waight Keller, who made a collection in 2018 around faux fur, has also dropped this option.
"Fur is something that no longer has a place in everyday life; it's a bit like the hats my grandfather wore”, Italian designer Maurizio Galante told Agence France Presse (AFP). "It's the world that changes, it's also the climate, the respect for animals", he added.
Sources: Bourse Direct/Euronews