ICYMI: Ellery Switches to Faux Fur

Rihanna at the finale of Fenty x Puma SS17, Paris Fashion Week.
Plus more on why Gigi Hadid was body shamed at NYFW.

As ethical shopping becomes increasingly popular, especially with young and millennial consumers, brands are going under the microscope when it comes to their production practices and choice of materials.  In the fur industry, more than 1 billion rabbits are killed each year to make coats and accessories, according to PETA.  More and more brands, like Stella McCartney and Shrimps, are opting to make fur-free products, providing a cruelty-free option to ethically conscious consumers.

Now, Australian designer Kym Ellery can add her name to the list, as this week she pledged to not use fur in her new collections, and has already removed fur pieces from the brand's e-store.  This comes after over 60,000 complaints launched by consumers and activists, allegedly shutting down Ellery's Facebook page after their Fall/Winter 2016 collection featured fox and rabbit pelts.

In other news, American Eagle is continuing their bid to win over millennials, launching a set of holiday ads starring everyone from Rowan Blanchard, Dilone, and Heather Kemesky, to the Sprouse twins, under the #WeAllCan campaign slogan.

Finally, the Internet (and rational human beings everywhere) may still be reeling from Wednesday's revelation that Gigi Hadid was dressed in a poncho for Tommy Hilfiger's Fall 2015 runway show because she wasn't considered 'thin enough.'

In a chat with Yahoo!'s Joe Zee, Hilfiger admitted that, "our casting director said, 'She doesn’t really fit because, you know, she's not quite as tall as the other girls, she's not quite as thin,'" he tells Zee. "So they put a red, white and blue poncho on her."

Gigi has definitely had a lot to say about the fashion industry's body standards and how at times she has been excluded or harassed for having an atypical 'runway model build.'  Although she hasn't commented on this news, we think it's fair to say that the move to style someone - who is healthy, strong, and confident about their body - in a garment as shrouding as a poncho to intentionally hide their figure is never okay.  Considering that the vast majority of women aren't 6'0" and a size 0, this sends the wrong message by implying that women of different builds should dress differently or make an effort to conceal their shape.

To clarify the comments, Tommy Hilfiger released a statement subsequent to the interview, reading: "Gigi is truly the definition of a ‘Tommy girl’ – her magnetic personality is bright, confident and always optimistic. I've known her for many years, and am extremely proud to have her as the ambassador of my brand and as a collaborator of our collections. Any statement to the contrary is completely false. The headline from the interview with Yahoo! was misleading and has since been corrected."

Image via @elleryland

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Tia Elisabeth Glista is the founding Editor in Chief of Couturesque Magazine.  She is also a textbook Taurus (ambitious, aesthetically-driven, very stubborn) who can at any given time be found listening to BANKS and looking at pictures of puppies.  Click here to follow her on Instagram. 

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