March 11, 2008

F/W07: Fur Coats

I've been meaning to write about this, oops I mean last season's (F/W07) white fur coat but I kept forgetting. This is probably a bit outdated now, but it's so cold (by that I mean windy and rainy) in London that it might as well still be F/W07. Anyways, I'm guessing the recent trend of white fur coat started with Kate Moss wearing it to an event, (which unfortunately I couldn't find a picture of, although there will be other pictures of her wearing the same fur coat more casually below.)

To be honest, I've always thought fur coat as something middle-aged and old people like. Maybe it's partly because real fur coats are so expensive and so older people are more likedly to wear them. My mum also claims that they are really warm, although my high school physics teacher once said that fur coats would probably be more effective in keeping us warm if the fur was inside instead of outside. Since I'm not an old rich lady, and nor do I frequent formal parties, I frankly never got the appeal of fur coats. Actually, I find the fur coats that look like they were literally ripped off an animal a bit vulgar.

I only started to understand the appeal of fur coats when last winter, Mary Kate wore a white fur coat with a black mini-skirt. This is probably not the best photo, but it started to make me think that even young people can make fur coats look chic and stylish without looking stuffy. The mini-dress makes the whole outfit look young and most importantly, modern and wearable, not too formal and easy to put together.

So I ended up buying the same white, faux fur coat by Top Shop. The best thing is, it took me so long to decide whether to buy it or not that it went on sale online (back in December)! Hong Kong is not a cold place to I really didn't have much use for it. In the end, I wore it on top of my purple dress for New Years Eve celebration. When I walked towards the bar, I felt like a gorilla lost in the city! My dad confirmed this before I left the house by laughing and said I looked like a gorilla from old movies. (Thankfully, I dress too much for myself to care what other people think.) But during the night, I loved the coat. It kept me warm and when I held in my arms, I felt like a Hollywood celeb holding her little dog! Definitely made the night more fun!

If you're not a going-out-in-a-dress type of girl, then wearing it with jeans is also glamorous.

Apparently the fur coat can look cool for daywear too: MK (left) and Kate Moss (right)

Here is an example of how not to wear fur: colour fur! Heidi reminds me of that blue character from Sesame Street!

Lastly, I just want to say that I am not supporting or objecting the use of real fur for fashion. I personally haven't thought this issue through and have no opinion. Anyways, like I said, this post is very late but since fur seemed to be abundant in the F/W08 shows, this 'trend' will probably continue into next F/W.

What do you think of the white fur coat and fur coats in general?

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Anonymous kpriss said...

the white one - hate it
the blue one - downright hate it

fur in general - abusive. I see nothing wrong with fake fur. It can make the same aesthetic point as real fur but people seem to be more interested in stating their social ( situation than fur itself. Longer the coat, rarest the animal from where it came, smashing the success.

3/11/2008 5:57 AM  
Anonymous JustBekky said...

I like the white one. :)
I love MK&A.
Haha, Heidi Klum annoys me.
Can you believe this woman is on a TV show about FASHION?!
She looks like COOKIE MONSTER meets LIZA MINELLI!!!

3/11/2008 6:09 AM  
Blogger Hannah said...

I actually don't like any of those furs... I inherited a vintage white one that I love, though - it's very chic!

3/11/2008 6:37 AM  
Blogger Secretista said...

I like fur coats--if it's done right. But, I do think LONG fur coats are for the elder ladies. Short ones are more youthful, but I can't afford a real one, and a fake one, if it's washed wrong, looks nasty. LOL I should have probably dry cleaned that faux fur vest of mine.

I'd never wear real fur because I can't afford it. Plus, fur doesn't go with my personal style, but I am willing to try it. I'm also not a fan of PETA. I understand they don't believe in abuse to animals (neither do I). But, I don't like the way they go about it. Let's be nice to human beings (PETA!) before we take care of our animals.

3/11/2008 6:52 AM  
Anonymous Mary said...

Secretista - I personally do not support the way PETA goes about making their point either, but I feel that you are being ignorant by basing your opinion on the status of animals and the ethical acceptibility of fur coats on merely the actions of one organization. I will never see real fur coats as anything but ugly and disgusting. You say "Let's be nice to human beings...before we take care of our animals", yet if we as humans so proclaim ourselves superior to all other humans of sentient life, is it not our human responsibility to treat all living creatures with the same degree of respect, even if that means taking responsibility for the welfare of sentient beings who are not of our species?

I find it heartbreaking that there are those who can find beauty in fur coats (specifically real, though personally I find all kinds of fur worn on those who do not naturally grow it disgusting). That the selfishness which this would require is rampant in our society makes me sad. I understand that we humans are predators, and since we lack natural protectants that creatures with thicker coats have, to a certain degree, to survive as a species, humans need to capitalize upon other creatures - it's the cycle of nature. However, do we as humans not also have the capability to make up for the physical protectants which we lack? We are already utilizing long-standing habitats and fragile ecosystems for our own gain; do we really need the extra fox coat or bear coat? Which is worth more: unnecessary material pleasures or the life of a sentient creature?

Fur coats, faux or real, if it does become a fad, will not doubt encourage more poaching than is already taking place, undoing the hard-won ground that has been made against the despicable practice in the past decade. I am disappointed that this blog, in this entry, chose only to acknowledge the superficial desire for fur coats while not awarding the same consideration to the ethical dilemma.

3/11/2008 9:35 AM  
Anonymous Mary said...

(P.S. Please excuse any spelling errors in the above; I was writing very hurriedly. :) )

3/11/2008 9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frankly, I do not care about whether people are wearing coats that are real or not. I do care if the animals are endangered, but otherwise I think - I eat meat, which harms animals, which gives me no right to judge others who wear animals. People may talk about abusing animals, etc., but the same thing happens with animals that we eat.

And why is there so much more emphasis on fur than leather? They are basically the same thing, in that an animal has died for the shoe or the coat you're wearing. Why is there never a long discussion when the I Am Fashion girls post about beautiful shoes or bags?

I think that people should just leave each other alone about this fur business. More focus should be given to the people of the world who are starving than some animals.

3/11/2008 10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

these are the ugliest effing coats i've ever seen.

3/11/2008 12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think they look cute on the models you've posted, but I know that I would never be able to pull it off.

3/11/2008 12:20 PM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

@justbekky - Oh please. Girl's popped out 3 babies so far and she's still smoking hot. if Heidi Klum is a cross between the cookie monster and Minelli, she is one f'ing beautiful hybrid of the two. I think you're just jealous of her fame, success and charisma.

3/11/2008 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Topshop coat (and MK's as well) looks ratty and cheap. I prefer Kate's nice, lush, well-combed one. I think fur (or faux fur, whichever floats your canoe) looks much more youthful as a shrug or stole than a full coat.

3/11/2008 2:27 PM  
Blogger Mint said...

I don't like the white coats of MK and Kate, nor the blue Versace one Heidi Klum was wearing. They're just too "hairy" for my taste. I like sleek, natural furs, preferably belted at the waist and not entirely furry. Fur cuffs, collar and hem look great on a coat, while the rest of it is wool, for example.

As for the fashion-fur debate, man has been wearing animal skins since the dawn of his era. Sure, it's not something that is quite necessary nowadays, but it's a luxury that few can afford. It's not normally bears that are killed for furs nowadays; it's animals like mink, foxes, rabbits, and so forth. These animals are not endangered - yet. If they are killed as humanely as it is possible to kill a living thing, I believe it is not justifiable but allowable. I guess one could say that as we are humans, we have the power to do this, and so we are abusing that power by deliberately harming other creatures to meet our own demands. But no one ever said human beings were unselfish creatures.

This is just such a touchy issue and this is really not the time or place to go into it, but there's my 2 cents, as they say.

3/11/2008 3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I personally dislike fur, both the way it looks and the cruelty involved. And to all those people who say "lets help the humans first"-what are you doing to help humans that stops you from doing something to help animals, ie not wearing fur?

3/11/2008 3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mint-what gives you the idea that animals are killed as humanely as possible for fur? Because they're really not...

3/11/2008 3:52 PM  
Blogger Catlin said...

I was thinking about the exact same thing yesterday! I want to buy a little fur bag but I don't know if it's ok to buy fur. But what's the difference between leather and fur? Nothing right?

I'm gonna read a bit more about it.

3/11/2008 7:12 PM  
Anonymous LeeRoy said...

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3/11/2008 10:44 PM  
Blogger Knikki said...

There's some new technology that makes fake fur feel like real fur. My fashion teacher said that when she felt both at the same time she couldn't feel the difference. So if you like the look and feel of real fur, I'd look into that.

What I don't understand about fur is that, in general, the people who oppose wearing it wear leather - whether it be boots, a purse, a dress like Angelina Jolie's, or gloves. Leather comes from animals, too. Not just cows. It comes from sheep, goats, equines, buffalos, pigs, deers, kangaroos, wallabies, frogs, seals, sharks, walruses, turles, camel, elephants, ostriches, alligators, crocodiles, and snakes.

For fur, you're looking at beavers, calves, chinchillas, coyotes, ermines, foxes, lynxes, rabbits, raccoons, sables, and tanukis, etc.

I'm just not getting how people say they can wear one but not the other.

Personally, I feel fur isn't really all that stylish. There are much better ways to look and feel rich than wearing fur like a chandalier (sp?) earing. Fur is mostly associated with the economy and wealth. If the economy is crashing, fur is not as popular, but when it's booming, fur is typically in high demand. It's not really a style thing as much as it is a status thing.

3/11/2008 10:58 PM  
Blogger Rayne said...

I'm a vegetarian and love animals (often more than humans-can you spell 'misanthropic'?), so I can't understand these celebrities and their obsession with the fur look. Faux fur is completely ethical and often looks nice, but that white coat...just...ugh. It's far too furry and it has no distinguishable form. If you want to wear fake fur, make it at least look classy.
MK&A look more anorexic than they did a year ago.

3/12/2008 12:02 AM  
Anonymous Anne Klein said...

I also like the white one

3/12/2008 1:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i quite like the fur look, and have a lot of fur items myself. i guess i don't really have any qualms with the whole morality issue.. all i know is that real fur feels better than fake fur. so i stick with the real. (those coats are okay though, like the glamorous but sort of messy look they have. though i wonder, how nice does the fur feel? i feel like a lot of it is just icky)

3/12/2008 2:05 AM  
Blogger Mariposa said...

I love the fur coat...but I'm against using real fur from an animal's back. Wouldn't synthetic fur be much nicer?
If I decide to buy a fur coat it will be fake, but still every bit as glamorous and stylish as MK's jacket. I must admit I really do love the coat with the mini skirt I just don't support skinning animals for their fur.

3/12/2008 3:46 AM  
Anonymous KAB said...

The only thing that makes a fur coat fabulous is the fact that it is a fur coat. I know that sounds ridiculous but wearing a fur coat reminds me of wearing a crown. It does not look that great nor is it even flattering (in fact it just makes a woman's upper half look huge). There's something appealing about adorning yourself in fur. I guess there's still a luxury to it.

3/12/2008 4:28 AM  
Anonymous Hannah said...

if anyone can make something "vulgar" look chic, it's an olsen

3/12/2008 9:56 AM  
Anonymous slacker chic said...

i absolutely adore Ashley Olsen's style. she can do no wrong with me. Heidi usually looks fabulous, but that blue coat is so sesame street.

3/12/2008 10:03 PM  
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3/13/2008 12:43 AM  
Blogger Tina Lee said...

I think, if you eat or make use of the whole animal (like a rabbit), then fur is acceptable. But people don't eat fox or chinchilla or mink. The killing methods are efficient and cheap and HIGHLY inhumane (do some research). I am not necessarily anti-fur or pro-animal, but I am against wastefulness and needless killing.

I have a beautiful fluffy dog and cat with lush coats, and I love petting them. I couldn't imagine wearing them though!

3/13/2008 1:54 AM  
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3/13/2008 8:20 PM  
Blogger alis said...

you hit my soft spot; animal cruelty..
watch this video if you have the guts:

If you don't have the guts, let me sum it up for you. it starts off with a guy repeatedly hitting animals with a club. continues on with them skinning them ALIVE when they still have consciousness. oh yeah, they're moving, looking at you, you can tell they're in agony beyond your comprehension.

Fur is not only made of some wild animal you have never seen, it is also made of cats and dogs: that family dog of yours that loves you unconditionally.

I'm sorry, but your style is not worth torturing God's creations like this, especially when there are faux-fur alternatives! If you cannot understand this, shame on you.

3/13/2008 8:49 PM  
Blogger alis said...

I am not a vegetarian, and I'm not even against leather. Eating meat is only natural; and taking full advantage from an animal -using it's meat, skin, everything- is actually better so it doesn't go to waste. BUT, as you can see on the video link above, fur is all about waste, all about cruelty over nothing, and if you think the methods of acquiring fur is humane anywhere in the world, you are dead wrong. "I can wear fur as long as it's done right": well, it's NEVER done right.

3/13/2008 8:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Animal rights activists attack people who wear fur instead of people who wear leather because rich old ladies are easier to fight than biker gangs.

In addition, speaking of cruelty to animals and 'humane' killing...go watch nat geo and see how the lions, tigers and bears do it before you pass judgment on how people do it.

Animals are not people! You cannot treat them the same as people unless you also hold them to the same standards.

3/27/2008 7:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you're not a rich old lady and you're looking at fur coats, try checking out used fur coats. It's a cheaper alternative and you don't feel bad if you don't like it!

4/09/2008 11:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, I secretly love fur coats. Obviously, I would never buy one new. It would be inhumane and wasteful. But my mom has this crazy-cool calf-length grey dogfur coat that she got from my grandma. And I'm just waiting for the opportunity to wear it. prom, perhaps? Ha. Kidding.

7/21/2008 7:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ugh, how can THIS be fashionable?!

9/04/2008 11:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will never wear fur because my eyes are open. The fur trade is unbelievably cruel and anyone who buys fur coats is fueling this evil industry.

You can see exactly what happens below, but beware, it is sickening and not for sensitive viewers. (The hyperlink doesn't seem to be working so please copy and paste into your browser).

11/20/2008 5:46 AM  
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Blogger belhana said...

Thank you for the wonderful effort

إني تذكـرت والذكرى مؤرقـة *مجـداً تلـيدا بأيـدينا أضعـناه

أنَّى اتجهتَ للإسـلام في بـلـدٍ * تجْده كالطيرِ مقصـوصًا جناحـاه

كـم صرفتنا يـدٌ كنـا نـصرفها * وبات يـملكنا شعب مـلكناه

بالله سل خلف بحر الروم عن عرب * بالأمس كانوا هنا واليوم قد تاهوا

وانزل دمشق وسائل صخر مسجدها * عمن بناه لعل الـصخر ينعـاه

هذى معـالم خرس كـل واحـدة * منهن قامت خطيبـا فاغرا فـاه

الله يعلم ما قلبت سـيرتهم يومـا * وأخطـأ دمـع الـعين مـجراه

يا من يرى عمـراتكسوه بردته * الزيت أدمٌ لـه والكـوخ مـأواه

يهتز كسـرى على كرسيه فرقـا * من خوفه ، وملوك الروم تخشـاه

يا رب فابعث لنا من مثلهم نفـرا * يشـيدون لـنا مـجدا أضعنـاه

7/05/2009 7:21 PM  
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Blogger Eric said...

Well, I honestly think these coats are just awful looking, regardless of the fact that they're made of fur. They're not flattering at all.

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Anonymous Greg said...

Real fur RULES!!!!! It is not only for mature women but young as well. Faux fur is not environmentally friendly!! Ladies, proudly wear your real fur!!

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