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Karl Lagerfeld doesn’t get all the fur hate

Karl says as long as people eat meat and wear leather he will never get the anti-fur message

By Liz Bautista | Published: 5 Mar 2015

Karl defends fur
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Fendi will stage its first ever Haute Fourrure fashion show – a couture show for fur – at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week in July this year. The show will contain a luxurious offering of fur-centric pieces that Karl Lagerfeld has described as "the royal furs of furs."

Fendi, which was founded in 1925, is also celebrating its 50th year of partnership with its German-born creative director this year. That’s the longest-ever collaboration between a luxury label and a designer. How old is Karl? We dare not ask. 

Now, before you say "I’d rather go naked than wear fur," first hear Karl out. In a recent interview with The New York Times, the designer said that he thinks a butcher shop is worse than fur, and that he will never get the anti-fur message "as long as people eat meat and wear leather." 

Karl explains: "It's very easy to say no fur, no fur, no fur, but it's an industry." He adds, "Who will pay for all the unemployment of the people if you suppress the industry of the fur? The hunters in the north for the sable, they have no other job, there is nothing else to do. Those organisations who are much against it, they are not Bill Gates." He has a point.

Still hate fur? Well, Karl couldn’t care less about what you think. In the same interview, Karl says "there are not too many people with an opinion I care for."


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