Several years ago, Wall Street Journal fashion editor Teri Agins wrote a book called The End of Fashion. It detailed the way small fashion houses had become big corporations, and how other smaller brands were getting vacuumed into a system that stressed bottom lines above experimentation and creativity. Teri's prognosis was bleak: soon all clothes would look the same, and style would be dead. That hasn't quite happened - yet- but the WSJ's new chart, called Who Owns What, will certainly make you dizzy. Among the family ties: Karl Lagerfeld and Marc Jacobs have both worked for Louis Vuitton - that house owns Fendi, where Karl likes to explore his feather fetish. Stella McCartney is famously anti-fur, but she's owned by the Gucci group, which uses a lot of mink on its runways. Next time you're embarrassed about a pair of Nine West shoes, remember their company also owns Barneys. And Liz Claiborne owns both Juicy Couture and C&C California, which is funny, because we still can't tell the difference.
Fur is Back in Fashion with a Vengeance: Will You Embrace It?
Supporters call it "natural" and "sustainable." Opposers say it's cruel and inhumane. But whichever side you fall on, there's no denying that fur had a major presence on the fall 2013 runways this past month, being hailed as one of the biggest trends for next season. We scoured through every single photo of every single collection that walked this season and found that a startling 70% of the designers who showed during fashion month used fur in at least one look. Does this mean society is ready to embrace fur? Or is the fashion industry just trying to force it on us. We investigate.