Designer John Galliano Goes Fur-Free

Designer John Galliano Goes Fur-Free

"Rule the runways without harming animals.”
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Fur in the fashion industry has long-held controversy, but as the image of the modern woman evolves, fur fades out of the picture.

The Creative Director of Maison Margiela, John Galliano, has made the decision to go fur-free. He joins an ever-growing list of brands to do so; Gucci, Versace, and Michael Kors have also recently become part of the emerging standard. The decision comes as a surprise given Galliano’s previously touted outlook on fur. He clashed with Senior Vice President of PETA Dan Mathews before becoming friends with him and learning more about the mistreatment of animals on fur farms.

The transition to a fur-free industry has been stimulated by varied protests, often conducted by PETA. In 2016, the organization teamed with a group of young designers to write to students at Central Saint Martins, a public arts university in London with a reputable fashion programme. The letter urged students not to use fur and addressed the fur companies that often sponsor student collections in exchange for their use of fur in those collections.

They stress the violence that often accompanies fur production, and posit the following: “Every single bit of fur comes from an individual who was likely killed by painful means after spending a miserable, terrifying existence confined to a tiny, barren cage.” In a more contextual appeal to fashion students, they also note: “Humane fabrics have never been in more demand, and the growing number of fur-free designs on international catwalks is a clear indication that you can be daring as well as innovative and rule the runways without harming animals.”

Other labels demonstrate the growing value for ethics over profit, particularly given Gucci’s decision to go fur-free after the success of their fur-lined, backless loafer. Ex-Editor-In-Chief of British Vogue Alexandra Shulman had responded to this, recognizing that, “They are in a position of being a brand that people are following, so it will be interesting to see if there is any kind of knock-on effect.”

That effect occurs via Galliano, whose most recent collection exemplifies the effort to redefine how fashion caters to the people. It takes cues from airport style and “dressing in haste” to “reflect our fast-paced, high-tech lives.” In conversation with French Elle, he argues that now, luxury comes not in the price of fur, but in innovation and authenticity. He no longer seeks to sell a product so much as he looks to promote an ethic, and naturally, a fashion house that defends the values that people admire.

If the modern woman looks to be ethically conscious, it is no doubt that brands in positions of power should make every effort to follow suit.

Cover Image Credit: Charisse Kenion / Unsplash

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6 Clothing Trends You Never Saw Until You Went To College In The South

XL tshirt please!
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Southern college wear summed up into four words: comfortably casual at all times.

1. Comfort Colors T-Shirts

Who knew I would grow to love a T-shirt brand. It's all I wear now. To class, to the grocery store, to the airport, even to the bar. Comfort Colors T-shirts never fail me.

2. Free People Sweaters

If you go to school in the south, you know the exact sweater that I'm talking about. Every girl on campus has a shrine of Free People sweaters in almost any color they can get their hands on. This sweater in the south is worn over anything and EVERYTHING. The most popular use is over a comfort color T-shirt, paired with Nike shorts, and converse. Where I'm from up north, these sweaters were worn with jeans and riding boots.... no one would ever buy a $68 sweater just to wear over Nike shorts to class. 2 years later, I am all for the sweater over the T-shirt trend.

3. Tennis Skirts

Tennis skirts.... and not particularly worn for tennis playing. Tennis skirts worn to class, tennis skirts worn to darties, tennis skirts worn to the bar. I'll give it to these southern trends, they really do make use out of one clothing item for every occasion. A tennis skirt just allows more room for activity.

4. Nike Shorts... or "Norts," as they say.

Since I am already on the sporty trend, let me address these Nike shorts. Every girl who goes to school in the south has a shrine of these. Any color, any design, two of the same color and design, it doesn't matter. Nike shorts are our holy grail. No one ever sees them because our T-shirts are ALWAYS worn a size L/XL, but these Nike shorts never do us any wrong.

5. Chacos

The ugliest shoe known to mankind. My "Yankee" self will NEVER buy a pair of these atrocious shoes. If I ever came back home to New Jersey wearing these, my friends would never forgive me, and I would never forgive myself.

6. OTBT's

OTB-Wtf? Yeah... that was my first thought when I saw every girl wearing these during recruitment. At first, you think "I'll never buy those", but then they grow on you. And let me add they are like moon shoes, so comfortable.


These are the major trends that you'll see almost every college student wearing once you attend your southern university. Your friend from home may make fun of you for your new outfit choices, but low-key they are jealous that Nike shorts and an XL t-shirt are appropriate for almost any occasion.

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Lladró's New Jewelry Lines Are Literally Made Of Wearable Sculptures

Exhibit your refined taste anywhere you go.

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Based in Spain, Lladró produces handmade porcelain pieces that range from lighting to tableware to practically any luxury decorative object. Haven built a reputation for handmaking fine designs and producing both contemporary and classic works, it has been a seemingly long awaited, but also surprising discovery to see that their latest venture has been something unique to the brand entirely: Jewelry.

Lladró has been dancing with small amounts of parallel pieces before this launch, but the brand has never quite fully dived into the world of crafting accessories.

Featuring two full collections, their new range of enamel accessories are a step into a new world of creation for the company. Consisting of beautifully finished porcelain combined with plated precious metals, each piece wields its own identity while complimenting the collection it stands to represent.

The Aquarium collection is rendered with cascading waves of everchanging blues that give length to even the smallest pieces. Said to be "inspired by the depths of the ocean and the power of nature," Aquarium is a breath of air to the jewelry industry as a whole.

Lladró's partnering collection, Heliconia, is led by the timeless coupling of white and gold. Each piece was designed with a contemporary touch and an eternal archetype. Molded after the natural beauty of flowering plants, this line is empowering by both grace and underlying tenure.

It's no trivial understanding that Lladró's journey into wearable accessories would be alluringly successful. This extension will surely be a small step in the forces that Lladró will continue to champion in the future, but it represents the conception of a movement in both jewelry and enamel. Giving their audience the option to take Lladró with them wherever they roam is the right way to extend the life of the consumer/brand relationship. Lladró is no longer a brand that is forced to reside at home.

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