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Donna Karan Stops Using Fur

Fab Flash: Donna Karan Agrees Not to Use Fur

The catwalk shows for Autumn 2008 have prompted many to ask, has fur become acceptable again? It seems the opposite is the case for Donna Karan who just announced that she has "no plans" to use fur in the future. Karan has been under pressure from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) who have protested outside her fashion shows and at her boutiques for some time.

Recently they set up a site (which is now offline) and Tim Gunn sent both Karan and Giorgio Armani a video showing animals being skinned alive for their fur. Karan follows Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and Calvin Klein who all recently stopped using fur and skins in their clothing lines.

It's interesting that PETA has managed to make such an impact on the American fashion industry. What do you think of the news, do you think designers should reconsider including the fabric in their collections?


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ur_momm ur_momm 8 years
fur isnt a fabric, it's a living thing's hair and SKIN. Nobody should wear fur! it's disgusting
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
I think we need to put and end to abortion, then we can worry about animals...
fashionrox fashionrox 8 years
Good for her. I really think that more designers need to follow her lead.
swwonder swwonder 8 years
I think it's a good thing, but it would be a lot better if she was doing it because she doesn't believe in using fur and not because she's been put under so much pressure by PETA that she feels she has to stop using it. I just think that PETA go it about it the wrong way, you can't force your beliefs on people by showing them distressing images and throwing pots of paint at people - you need to educate them.
ranksubjugation ranksubjugation 8 years
YES YES YES! I am not a vegetarian at all, but I would never even wear vintage fur -- it would be like trying to turn some serial killer's cabin into a summer home! Designers should definitely stop using fur for the same reason that they should stop using scarily-thin models: it perpetuates the idea that these things are beautiful and covetable when they are actually quite morbid. For those who still want to wear fur: 1) Leather comes from cows, where regulations assure that the animal is at least unconscious before it is killed; fur OFTEN is skinned off the animal while it is still ALIVE AND AWARE -- and they are not even killed afterward, simply left to die of their wounds! Not just rodents you probably don't like anyway, either; in China, they'll skin German Shepherds for their fur. 2) I never heard of anyone eating mink or chinchilla... 3) The chemicals used to treat animal skins are NOT good for the environment. "Sustainable fiber" my tushie. 4)Any person from, say, Norway (or any place truly cold)could tell you that fur is NOT the warmest thing out there. Besides, what about all the starlets donning fur in the DESERT?!? 5) "It's vintage and would otherwise be thrown away" is NOT an excuse to wear fur. Do you use that argument for polyester hammer pants??? Yeah, thought not. Send the fur to the homeless with all the other clothes you discard simply for being ugly. Don't wear the pelt of a TORTURED being and call it "green" just because you want to appease your shallow conscience.
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