Paris fashion week kicked off with Kylie Jenner’s arrival at the season’s first fashion show with a realistic lion head on her shoulder.
In a statement on its Instagram account, the brand said the Schiaparelli dress, which also appeared on the runway, was “made of foam, wool and silk faux fur and hand-painted to make it look as realistic as possible.”
To make things clear, the brand added in capital letters: “NO ANIMALS WERE DAMAGED WHILE MAKING THIS LOOK.”
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But choosing the controversial youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan to launch a dress that’s open to interpretation may have been a misstep for the French fashion house.
Some of the reactions were more nuanced. A comment to Schiaperelli’s Instagram post, which received more than 600 likes, said, “We must stop portraying animals as luxury ‘goods’. They may be made of foam, but these are endangered species whose hides were historically killed to be made into clothing.”
The fashion house, which has deep ties to the Surrealist art movement, was first established in 1927. Like many luxury fashion brands of the period, the fashion house under the direction of its founder Elsa Schiaparelli used exotic furs and animal skins. original golden age. When the brand was revived by Tod’s Group in 2012, the oversized animal motifs remained, while the house later eschewed real fur.
Not all animal rights activists were offended by the lion, with Peta president Ingrid Newkirk praising the look. He told TMZ that the brand’s collection of three-dimensional animal heads is “incredibly innovative” and “could be an argument against trophy hunting, where lion families are being torn apart to satisfy human selfishness.”
Jenner’s look was one of a series of faux fur outfits designed by Daniel Roseberry. The collection also included a black wolf head modeled by Naomi Campbell and a strapless snow leopard dress with an equally realistic nod from her bodice.
Outside of the show at the Petit Palais, musician Doja Cat also turned (people’s) heads. Her entire face and body was painted red and adorned with 30,000 Swarovski crystals. Called “Doja’s hell” by the makeup artist who created it, Pat McGrath, the complex visual effects makeup took over five hours to apply.
The look of Doja Cat was a nod to Roseberry’s collection inspired by Dante’s nine circles of hell.
In the show notes, Roseberry wrote: “What captivated me in ‘Hell’ wasn’t just the theatricality of Dante’s creation; it was how perfect a metaphor it provided for the torment that every artist or creative person goes through when we sit across a screen or sketchbook.
The hell theme may have hailed the designer’s process, but it was equally applicable to the collection’s reception.