Carrie Johnson attacks ‘brutal’ fake animal-head designer dresses

Irina Shayk walks the runway in a faux lion head dress - Estrop

Irina Shayk walks the runway in a faux lion head dress – Estrop

Carrie Johnson has accused an Italian fashion house of promoting trophy hunting after supermodels wore life-size fake animal heads on the runway at Paris Fashion Week.

Schiaparelli’s show has been advertised as a haute couture exploration of Dante’s inferno, featuring depictions of the poem’s three beasts—a lion, a leopard, and a wolf.

A black dress with a faux lion head adorning the front was modeled by Irina Shayk, while Naomi Campbell modeled a black faux fur coat with a wolf’s head sticking out from her left shoulder.

Canadian model Shalom Harlow wore a strapless snow leopard dress with a fake leopard head popping out of the chest.

The model and celebrity Kylie Jenner, who attended the fashion show, wore the lion-headed dress.

Naomi Campbell models a wolf-headed black faux fur coat - Estrop

Naomi Campbell models a wolf-headed black faux fur coat – Estrop

But the show prompted environmentalists, including Carrie Johnson, to accuse the fashion brand of “promoting trophy hunting” using fake animal heads.

Ms Johnson shared the following message online about the show: “Terrible! Real or fake, this only encourages trophy hunting. yook”.

The show was also denounced as “disturbing” by photographer Misan Harriman, who had previously taken portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The creations were part of the Schiaparelli Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2023 collection - Michel Euler

The creations were part of the Schiaparelli Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2023 collection – Michel Euler

Daniel Roseberry, Schiaparelli’s creative director, said the handcrafted pieces from foam resin and other man-made materials are a form of “fake taxidermy.”

He added that the poem is an “allegory of doubt” in which the narrator, Dante’s surrogate and also called Dante, is “almost exactly middle-aged at the beginning of his narrative” when he finds himself “in the middle of our life’s journey”. ”

“Still, as he descends into hell, he realizes how little he really knows – all these years, all this life, and yet he remains in that ‘dark forest’, the path he once walked has definitely disappeared from view,” he added.

“Representing lust, pride, and greed, the leopard, lion, and she-wolf are here embodied in magnificent faux taxidermy creations,” he wrote in his notes for the show.

The show focused on animals as three of the most “arresting images” Dante has said, exploring the idea of ​​how images can easily deceive the audience, with three looks created for each of the nine circles of hell.

Ms. Jenner also drew criticism on social media for sitting in the front row of the show wearing a black dress embellished with one of Schiaparelli’s life-size and eerily realistic lion heads.

Kylie Jenner wore a lion head dress to attend the show - Arnold Jerocki

Kylie Jenner wore a lion head dress to attend the show – Arnold Jerocki

Also, Doja Cat’s look garnered a lot of attention from the front row, as the artist was painted red and encrusted with tens of thousands of Swarovski crystals.

Former South African MP Phumzile van Damme said the show showed why “the fashion industry needs to take a step back and reassess its ethics”.

“First there was the Balenciaga scandal, now it’s from Schiaparelli. It normalizes, gives a glimmer of acceptability, and makes canned and trophy hunting of endangered species ‘fashionable’. Fake or not, it tastes bad,” he said.

The faux heads were hand sculpted from foam, resin, wool and silk faux fur before being hand painted.

The faux heads were hand sculpted from foam, resin, wool and silk faux fur before being hand painted.

Ms Johnson accused the brand of 'promoting loot hunting' using fake animal heads.

Ms Johnson accused the brand of ‘promoting loot hunting’ using fake animal heads.

In November 2022, fashion brand Balenciaga made headlines when it featured children holding cute toys wearing bondage gear in its Christmas campaign, sparking calls to boycott the brand. The fashion house later apologized for the campaign.

Ingrid Newkirk, founder of animal rights charity PETA US, said Schiaparelli’s animal heads are “incredibly innovative”, adding that “where there is will there is a way, and Kylie’s gaze glorifies the beauty of lions and may be an explanation against trophy hunting. where families of lions are torn apart in order to satisfy them”.

She added that PETA would urge Jenner not to include wool and silk products in her fashion products, adding that consumers should opt for “100 percent cruelty-free designs that showcase human intelligence and prevent animals from suffering.”

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