Chanel Will No Longer Use Fur And Exotic Animal Skins In Its Designs

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"The future of high-end products will come from the know-how of what our atelier is able to do"

Chanel is the latest fashion house to ban the use of fur in its designs, following luxury brands like Coach, John Galliano, and Gucci, among others.

In an interview with WWD, the president of Chanel fashion and Chanel SAS Bruno Pavlovsky announced that the brand will no longer use exotic animal skins and fur and stated that it would be innovating the artisanship of the brand's designers. "The future of high-end products will come from the know-how of what our atelier is able to do," he said.

Pavlovsky also noted that the brand previously used very little fur in its designs anyway, and the brand's couturier Karl Lagerfeld said that he couldn't recall ever using fur. "You look at old collections, there was not much fur," he said. The animal skins that the brand has banned consist of crocodile, lizard, snake, and stingray.

Pavlovsky noted that the change was due for the most part to the ability to source skins, saying that it had become difficult to find materials that "met the house's quality and ethical standards." He said the brand would shift to focusing on research and development on "textiles and leathers generated by 'agri-food' industries." It should be noted that it will take some time for the previously-designed pieces to make their way out of Chanel boutiques.

This is the latest move toward making fur fashion obsolete, and we're here for it.

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I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.