Karl Lagerfeld Defends Fur

January 3, 2009

Designer Karl Lagerfeld has come out in defense of the use of fur in fashion. Read the rest of the story and see photos and video of Karl Lagerfeld below.

Karl Lagerfeld

Chanel headman Karl Lagerfeld has come out in defense of the fur industry. Given it’s acceptable to eat meat in this world, Lagerfeld feels it is pointless to even discuss the idea of not using fur in fashion:

“In a meat-eating world, wearing leather for shoes and clothes and even handbags, the discussion of fur is childish.”

While he doesn’t personally wear fur, he says there is nothing wrong with doing so. In fact, doing so sustains people who make their living in the fur industry. He said:

Hunters in the north “make a living having learnt nothing else than hunting, killing those beasts who would kill us if they could.”

He does say that animals should be killed “nicely” if possible. He also admits that he isn’t a big fan of eating meat “because it has to look like something what it was not when it was alive.”

PETA is upset with his comments, and have made a few of their own. They say:

“Karl Lagerfeld is a fashion dinosaur who is as out of step as his furs are out of style. The vast majority of fur these days comes not from hunters as he suggests, but from Chinese fur farms.”

While he was on a roll, German-born Lagerfeld also gave his two cents about the notion that the fashion world and their size 0 models cause problems about self image and weight. He feels this issue is insignificant when compared to the “zillions” of fat people in the world. Pointing out that less than one percent of people in France are too skinny, the fashion legend, who lost about 92 pounds himself back in 2001, says that 30% of young people are overweight. He feels this is the bigger problem and is where media should focus their attention.

More photos and a video of Karl Lagerfeld are below.

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Photos: WENN

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