"Surely, there has to be a chic way to lug a load of beauty basics, stylish sunnies and a weighty wallet without weighing down our arms," bemoans the fashion-obsessed toothpick known as Rachel Zoe. "Turns out, there is! Pretty in patchwork, The Row's posh pack combines comfort and class. The fuzzy texture on this nifty knapsack is also a fashion favorite. Perfect for pre-fall, it’s never too soon to start thinking ahead for your next season’s staple!"
TMZ is less laudatory, deeming this furry confection something akin to Tribble porn, while PETA is of course fur-ious, fuming: "If it looks like a troll and acts like a troll, it's probably a Trollsen Twin -- or someone wearing one of their new $16,000 totes, which are made from the fur and skins of innocent animals. What the Olsens lack in creativity, they try to make up for in shock value. Sadly, it's the foxes, calves, and alligators -- who often have the fur ripped off them while they are still conscious and able to feel pain -- who pay the dearest price."
Many conscientious fashionistas buy only fur that's vintage so as to not contribute to new demand and yet more unnecessary cruelty to innocent animals; others, however, believe wearing even vintage fur still promotes the wearing of fur, regardless of how ethical the source.
Personally, I'm of the mind that cruelty toward innocent creatures is never fashionable, be it on your back, your arm or even your plate - if you eat beef, pork, chicken and/or eggs, spend a bit more to make sure they're grass-fed & pastured. The animals are raised, fed & slaughtered much more humanely and the end-product is better for your body & karma both.
While I do sympathize with PETA's sentiment, their shock-n-awe tactics & in-your-face rhetoric have always tended to insult my intelligence, leaving me unreceptive to their message (I start to zone out, stick my imaginary fingers in my ears & repeat "lalalalala..." until they finally shut up already). That being said, in this economy and with so many families around the world lacking even just the basics - enough nourishing food, shelter, clothing, education...shoes! - there is something undeniably gross about the act of dropping $17,000 on a trendy, spendy purse.
Especially one that's defo not a classic and bound to look so last season even before its actually in season.
- Lesley Scott