Schiaparelli’s Spring 2023 showcase at the Paris Couture Week has already sparked controversy, and it has only just begun. The showcase featured an array of looks, each seeming to be inspired by a different animal.

Kylie Jenner was seen wearing Schiaparelli’s lion-head gown, while others wore outfits resembling peacocks, snakes, tigers, and other wildlife. Shalom Harlow wore a hand-painted wool and silk dress with a snow leopard’s head coming out of her chest. Irina Shayk wore an identical lion-head creation like Jenner’s, and Naomi Campbell wore a faux-fur-covered coat with a big wolf head on her shoulder. While the skins and furs were fake, and no animals were harmed in the making, many viewers were extremely disappointed.

Animal activists pointed out the negative connotations surrounding animals as clothing, even if the skins and furs were fake. Many said it was a step backward for animal rights activists and suggested that the collection further validated the use of animals and their skins as trophies.

However, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk told Page Six Style in a statement that the organization hailed the Schiaparelli collection’s “three-dimensional animal heads,” which did not use real fur or leather and as such was fabulously innovative.”

“Kylie, Naomi and Irina’s looks celebrate the beauty of wild animals and may be a statement against trophy hunting, in which lions and wolves are torn apart to satisfy human egotism,” Newkirk said.

“We encourage everyone to stick with 100% cruelty-free designs that showcase human ingenuity and prevent animal suffering,” Newkirk concluded, urging Jenner and her fellow stars to “extend this creativity to exclude sheep shorn bloody for wool and silkworms boiled alive in their cocoons.”

We are so glad that these were not made from real fur or leather, but does that make it ok? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

If you have the choice, why not choose vegan and cruelty-free? Large fashion brands are making it easier for consumers to choose ethical options. While some may argue that it’s difficult to shop sustainably when buying new clothes, bold and socially-conscious brands like Tiny Rescue are starting to make a mark by creating activism-focused recycled sweatshirts and tees for the gen-z market. Hopefully, at some point, vegan shoes and clothes will become the norm!

Vegan But Make It Fashion by Tiny Rescue: Animal Collection

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