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Katie Cleary, Joanna Krupa call on Kardashians to stop fur sales

Models Katie Cleary and Joanna Krupa reportedly plan to deliver a petition to the Dash clothing store in Calabasas, Calif., on Monday with more than 140,000 signatures protesting fur sales
Models Katie Cleary and Joanna Krupa reportedly plan to deliver a petition to the Dash clothing store in Calabasas, Calif., on Monday with more than 140,000 signatures protesting fur sales.

The boutique is the original store opened by the Kardashian sisters. Cleary and Krupa said they are delivering the petition along with activists for online social welfare community Care2 because they believe that "women in the spotlight have a responsibility to stand up for animals," according to a news release.

The release goes on to quote Krupa as saying, "One of the most influential families in the entertainment industry that could help give animals a voice on a large scale are the Kardashians. As a fashion-forward family with their clothing line in stores all over the U.S., they have the power to influence millions of people around the world."

Until recently, Khloe Kardashian, who says she is anti-fur, was a supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. However, she withdrew her support after a PETA activist hit sister Kim  -- who was named PETA's "Celebrity Grinch" of 2011 for her fondness for fur -- with a flour bomb at a public event last week.

Krupa is quoted on saying tha Khloe is a hypocrite to say she is anti-fur when the Kardashians' boutiques sell fur items. As for Kim? Krupa told HollyScoop she deserved worse: “"t least egg yolk or paint! She got away easy with just flour. The attacker is a hero."

So it seems as if the gloves are off and the fur is flying, so to speak. 


Fake fur that looks real

Khloe Kardashian quits PETA

West Hollywood sheds fur sales

-- Susan Denley

Photo: From left, sisters Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian at a recent public appearance. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

Fashion News: Stores accused of labeling real fur as fake

The Humane Society of the U.S. has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission accusing 11 retailers of mislabeling fur as "faux" when it is in fact real fur. The retailers include Barneys, Neiman Marcus, Revolve Clothing, Gilt and Yoox. [Wall Street Journal] 

Mary-Ellen Field
Model Elle MacPherson fired her business advisor after information about her started leaking to the press in 2005. Or so she thought then. It turns out that MacPherson wasn't a victim of a staff leak, but of the News of the World's phone hacking scandal. Now the fired advisor, Mary-Ellen Field, shown at left, is suing the newspaper's parent company for, in essence, ruining her life. [The Cut]

Kmart in Australia raised eyebrows with a line of girls' underwear that bore slogans such as "Call Me" and "I heart Rich Boys."  Too sexualized for the age group for which the garments were made, critics said. After an outcry, the retailer pulled the items from shelves. [Sydney Morning Herald]

Designers  Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are heading back to court on charges of tax evasion. Italy's highest court overturned a lower court ruling of a Milan judge who had cleared them of charges last spring. [WWD]

Online designer-vintage consignment retailer If Pockets Talked has set up a month-long pop-up inside Milk Boutique in Los Angeles. [PopSugar LA]

--Susan Denley

Photo: Mary-Ellen Field, former advisor to Elle MacPherson, says she lost her job due to Britain's News of the World phone hacking scandal. Credit: Associated Press /Joel Ryan/ Associated Press)

Fashion News: A ban on fur clothing

Banned in Britain: Hailee Steinfeld ad for Prada

Independent L.A. boutiques offer a holiday shopping alternative

West Hollywood launches fur-free campaign

FurFreeWehoAlready, the city of West Hollywood has banned the sale of dogs and cats, as well as the declawing of cuddly felines. Now the city inside the city of L.A. is home to a new campaign that would ban the sale of fur.

"West Hollywood is so progressive, we knew this was a great city to take the reins and make this a cruelty-free zone in terms of banning fur," said Shannon Keith, campaign organizer for  Fur Free West Hollywood.  

The campaign kicks off at noon Jan. 29 with a rally at Matthew Shepard Human Rights Triangle Park. West Hollywood City Council candidate John D'Amico will issue the event's rallying cry. D'Amico, who has embraced the fur ban as part of his campaign, is running for one of three open seats on the West Hollywood City Council in a March 8 election.

"Critical thinking and honest-to-goodness good ideas make the world a better place," D'Amico said. "As far as my participation and being associated with Fur Free West Hollywood, I am an animal welfare advocate. Fur Free West Hollywood is about thinking of creative and exciting new ways to be in the world -- to really expand how it is we exist and the kinds of people we can be when we think carefully about the world we’re living in."

Campaign organizers are currently compiling a list of stores that sell fur within its boundaries. A phone call to WeHo fur seller Maxfield was not returned in time for this post.

-- Susan Carpenter

Photo: Fur Free West Hollywood

Your Stylist: Giving faux fur a try for fall

Resident Image stylist and market editor Melissa Magsaysay soothes your sartorial woes in the weekly Your Stylist blog column

Wink288 What’s your take on the fur/faux fur trend? My sister just bought a jacket with a faux fur collar and cuffs and we were arguing about it looking cheap (I think it looks kind of cheap; she says it’s “in” right now). Can you settle this debate? KM, Santa Monica

I agree with both of you. To your sister’s point, the fur (and much more politically correct) faux fur trend is in full force this fall, coming in everything from swing coats to duffel bags. But I also think that faux fur can easily go very wrong if made of some cheap acrylic mess that looks more like an old Chewbacca costume than a trendy piece of clothing.

So if you’re going to buy a jacket or cardigan trimmed with or made entirely of faux fur this season, first make sure it doesn’t feel like a can of Aqua Net was let loose all over it. That tacky-to-the-touch feeling equals tacky to the sight as well. The texture should be as soft and plush as possible.

The pieces I particularly love when it comes to faux fur are jackets that have a removable faux fur collars. Dennis Basso Bag This army- green bomber jacket from Rebecca Taylor ($495, pictured bottom right) has an optional faux fur collar that looks real and lays nice and flat so the wearer doesn’t look like she’s giving a piggyback ride to a Muppet. Plus you’ve got options -- collar on makes a statement, collar off is a little more understated -- and ultimately you’ll be getting a little more bang for your buck.

Fauxfur1 There are some faux fur items on QVC (yes, I said it, QVC) that actually look really good. Rachel Zoe, who is a lover of fur (more real than faux) is doing some faux pieces for her line on QVC. The V-neck vest with faux fur front ($62) could be worn with some cutoffs and Wellies for that end of summer/early fall music festival vibe.

Also on QVC, Dennis Basso is doing faux fur bags and blankets ($81.12 for the bag and blanket, pictured above), which I must say I have touched and they feel like chenille while looking just like fur. A faux fur tote bag looks chic when traveling –- just watch out for the paparazzi because really, who travels in fur besides Victoria Beckham and Andre Leon Talley?

Personally, my favorite way to wear this faux fur trend is with a “Mad Men-esque” twist. This simple sable colored swing coat from Wink ($288, top picture) has short sleeves and a 1960s appeal that works with skinny black pants and flats or a high-waist pencil skirt and heels.

Don’t go overboard with the faux fur trend (or with any trend, for that matter), because it’s one that can definitely leave you looking like a fur-swathed fashion victim.

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-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photos, from top: Wink faux fur jacket ($288,; Dennis Basso faux fur duffel bag ($81.12 with blanket, QVC); Free People faux fur-lined jacket ($248;, Rebecca Taylor bomber jacket with detachable faux fur collar ($495, QVC)

Your morning fashion and beauty report: A 'no' to Lady Gaga. A happy birthday to Diane Kruger. And Ms. Cruz weds Mr. Bardem in Galliano

Diane Kruger

St. John, whose timeless knits a created a cult following among the business savvy and charity luncheon sets alike, is creating a jewelry division. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Meanwhile, Tommy Hilfiger is launching a new "lifestyle" collection aimed at twentysomethings. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Penelope Cruz wore John Galliano in her quiet, under-the-radar wedding to Javier Bardem. Who knew the costars of "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" were even dating? [People]

Stars and sports figures lit up the red carpet Wednesday night at the annual ESPY awards. Among them: January Jones in Versace and swimsuit models Brooklyn Decker in Herve Leger and Marisa Miller in Alexander Wang. [InStyle]

"Jersey Shore's" Snooki joins the growing cadre of celebs with red tresses. [People]

Coty, a pioneer of the celebrity fragrance trend, says no to Lady Gaga, At least, the company is denying online rumors that it has signed a deal with her. [WWD]

Janet Jackson is the latest "legend" photographed for Blackglama's long-running "What Becomes a Legend Most" campaign. This puts her into the company of the truly legendary Sophia Loren, Lauren Bacall and Elizabeth Taylor. (And might rile up some of her fans, since wearing fur is much more controversial this century than it was in the last). [WWD]

French actress Anna Mouglalis and Chanel have a long relationship. She's been the face of Allure perfume and is brand ambassador for Chanel fine jewelry. Now she's taking it up a notch, playing Coco in the new film "Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky." [Telegraph]

FabSugar says happy birthday to the fabulous Diane Kruger with a slideshow of some of her best runway looks. It's a treat for all of us! 

Beyonce rocks the red lip and girl power in her newest ad for L'Oreal. [StyleList]

Finally, timing is everything. German GQ just happened to have shot Lindsay Lohan months before all the fuss over her ankle bracelet and jail sentence. So there she is, bikini-clad on the mag's August cover. [The Cut]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Diane Kruger, looking fabulous at the premiere of "Valentino: The Last Emperor." Credit: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

Anti-fur documentary 'Skin Trade' debuts with celebrity support in Westwood


"Skin Trade," a new independent documentary lambasting the fur industry and those who condone its practices, had its Los Angeles premiere Thursday night at the Majestic Crest Theater in Westwood.

The film, directed by Shannon Keith, an animal rights attorney and founder of the nonprofit organization Animal Rescue, Media & Education (ARME), strives to answer the question of why fur is still a part of modern fashion — despite the well-documented cruelties of fur farming.

"I just could not believe that people were still wearing fur," Keith said before the screening. "I knew it was high time to make this film because these animals are being tortured alive -- it's not a pretty thing."

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Doffing the coonskin cap in honor of Fess Parker

Rage_browne Over here at Rage Central, we're doffing the coonskin caps of our collective childhood to mark the passing of actor Fess Parker, who passed away today at the age of 85.

As the LAT obituary points out, in his role as Davy Crockett, the actor/future hotel developer and wine maker, touched off a merchandising frenzy that moved some 10 million coonskin caps since the character first appeared on TV in 1954. (Two of those belonged to a younger version of this Rager and his brother -- luxe editions from our grandparents, with red, silk quilted linings).

The strange cap eventually transcended the character itself, becoming a sartorial symbol of boyhood gone by and a instant trigger for whole generations of nostalgic longing. (See 1983's "Christmas Story," for example.)

And it was just in February that we remarked on the abundance of raccoon fur on the runways of New York Fashion Week, including a pillbox cap with a dangling raccoon tail we spotted at Thom Browne's show.

And, although Parker's reign as the King of the Wild Frontier was well in the rearview mirror by the time this Rager was in short pants, we have to 'fess up that when we heard the news of Parker's passing, a little bit of our childhood high-tailed it out of the building too.

-- Adam Tschorn

Photo: The coonskin cap popularized by Fess Parker''s Davy Crockett character half a century ago, continues to influence fashion, such as this pillbox hat with a dangling racoon tail that appeared in Thom Browne's fall/winter 2010 runway collection during New York Fashion Week in February. Credit: Peter Stigter and Jonas Gustavsson / For The Times

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Fashion company Imposter elevates fake fur

IM3 New fashion brand Imposter is giving people who love the fur look -- but are horrified by the realities of fur farming -- an upscale alternative. The company has teamed up with farm animal protection organization Farm Sanctuary to create a line of faux fur clothing that looks and feels as plush as the real thing, but actually benefits animals.

So as not to be mistaken for real fur, every design bears an “IM” logo, a symbol denoting that it's an animal friendly product. A percentage of the profits from the collection support Farm Sanctuary's rescue, education and advocacy work on behalf of abused farm animals.

The chic collection includes faux fur hats, vests and ear-muffs, and is available at Henri Bendel in New York and online. The line's not cheap -- but  get ready to answer the "fake or real" question on a loop. Snow-ready trapper hats are $198, ear-muffs go for $68 and Rachel Zoe-style faux "chinchilla" and "coyote" vests ring in at $368. The brand plans to eventually expand into other faux animal products, including imitation “leather.”

--Emili Vesilind

Photo: Imposter's faux chinchilla vest, $368. Credit: Imposter.


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