Temperatures have dropped below 0 degrees C here in South Africa ~ a national crisis.
Unfortunately this gives the heartless South African ‘mink and manure’ set a reason to don their furs ~ if they dare!
In May 2014, compassionate South African celebrities and designers joined forces with Fur Free SA and participated in the first South African anti-fur fashion show. This was televised on Top Billing ~ an upmarket South African lifestyle program. The reality is that celebs are taken more seriously than the masses, so it is fantastic that they have made an anti-fur statement.
According to Fur Free SA, “fur animals such as fox, raccoon, mink and rabbit are raised for their fur and spend their entire lives in small, barren, filthy cages with no sanitation”.
To reduce costs and preserve the fur, slaughter methods are merciless and agonising for these creatures.
Real fur is not only used for coats and blankets but also for accessories such as hats and gloves. Fake fur garments may contain real fur. Fur TRIM may be found on garments, collars, shoes, toys etc. Animal fur is often mislabeled as faux fur, or marketed under names such as “Chat de Chine”. Authentic fur may be dyed with unnatural colours and sheared, giving it the appearance of faux fur.
Millions of cats and dogs are also skinned for their fur, mainly in countries with inadequate animal protection laws.To emphasise this point some celebs even brought their dogs along.
Dex Kotze – conservationist and anti-Rhino poaching activist.
Of course all outfits were designed to contain no animal products. Hear what they have got to say on this video:
In no particular order but all in support of Fur Free SA:
~ Jewelry designer, Jenna Clifford, held the event at her studio.
~ Radio DJ, Catherine Grenfell, on the right, wears a hemp dress designed by Dominique Gartland of Lunar designs.
~ Model, Christina Storm – pregnant and glamorous.
~ Singer songwriter, Garth Taylor, in an Ephraim Molingoana Design.
~ Singer, Louise Carver, wears a Vesselina Pentcheva design.
~ Singer songwriter, Martin Cito Otto, in a modern version of a dungaree garment designed by Augustine Bespoke Clothing.
~ Suzaan Heyns stands with her model/actress Jay Anstey.
~ Muscian, Katlego Maboe, and presenter Elana Afrika, show off their designs.