• Audrey Long

R, W, & G: Issue #5

Hey Cardinals, and welcome back to Red, White, & Glam: your one and only source for all things fashionable at Greenwich High School. Recently, it’s been revealed that global luxury powerhouse, Dolce & Gabbana, has joined the growing sustainability movement. After hearing from over 300,000 PETA supporters, the brand has opted out of using animal fur in future collections. As a replacement to genuine fur, they have created a faux “eco fur.” In a joint statement with animal rights group Humane Society International, the Milan fashion house said it would phase out fur from this year. It will, however, continue working with "master furriers" to create "a sustainable faux fur alternative that uses recycled and recyclable materials." D&G joins other luxury conglomerates, including Gucci, Saint Laurent and Prada, in adhering to guidelines set by the Fur Free Alliance, a global network of animal rights groups. In a statement from the marketing officer of Dolce & Gabbana, Fedele Usai stated on behalf of the brand, “The entire fashion system has a significant social responsibility role that must be promoted and encouraged. Dolce & Gabbana is working toward a more sustainable future that can’t contemplate the use of animal fur.” Furthermore, PJ Smith, the fashion policy director of the Humane Society International, later stated, “Ending the use of fur creates a higher standard for what is acceptable in fashion.” Indeed, with the sustainability movement at an all-time high, fashion powerhouse Dolce & Gabbana’s announcement is expected to further pave the way for other Italian luxury brands to ditch the fur. Even if you choose to keep rocking your coyote-fur D&G coat from last season this winter (it’s super comfy), one thing’s for sure… this was a much-needed change on Dolce & Gabbana’s behalf that is expected to greatly impact sustainability in the fashion industry for years to come.

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