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West Hollywood Upholds Ban on Fur


BalenciagaIf you live in West Hollywood, fur is not in your future. WWD reports that a federal court has upheld the ban of fur apparel, a ruling that was first enforced back in 2011. West Hollywood retailer Mayfair House challenged the ordinance as being unconstitutional, but chief judge George H. King of the United States District Court for the Central District of California dismissed the claim. He reasoned that West Hollywood’s intent to “promote community awareness of animal welfare, foster the city’s goal to be a community that cares about animal welfare, and further the city’s reputation as a cruelty-free zone for animals” by banning fur sales was a “legitimate interest.”

The ordinance could have severe implications for businesses. The Fur Information Council of America has estimated that more than half of the retailers in West Hollywood will lose sales as a result. The ban doesn’t just limit the sale of super-luxe coats—it includes any apparel item with fur fibers attached, like shearling and calfskin.

The ruling would have a little more clout if it applied to retailers across the board—not just clothing. As it stands, home design stores can still sell fur rugs, yet the Balenciaga boutique won’t be able to stock any of the fur sweatshirts from Fall ’14. However, it’s independent retailers that will really take the hit. They don’t have the luxury of stocking their fur pieces at additional locations around the world. Fur is a difficult—and emotional—subject. But whether you’re for or against it, it’s worth considering: In this economy, is stunting the growth of small businesses really the best move? We’ll soon find out.

Photo: Monica Feudi / Feudiguaineri 

Alaïa On Sale, Moss Rocks An Orange Mullet For Paris Vogue,West Hollywood Retailers Fight The Fur Ban, And More…


Bargain Azzedine Alaïa? Yes, you read that correctly. The designer is hosting a charity sale, featuring pieces from his previous collections, in Paris from December 17-18 to benefit Foundation Imagine (Institute for Genetic Disease). Prices will range from €100 (or about $133) to €1,000 ($1,333). [WWD]

Kate Moss has scored yet another Vogue cover. The supermodel appears on the cover of Paris Vogue‘s “Musical Christmas” issue made up as David Bowie, complete with an orange mullet. [Telegraph]

West Hollywood recently became the first city in the U.S. to ban the sale of fur apparel, but the retailers of Melrose Avenue are not too pleased. Though the ban doesn’t take effect until September 2013, some store owners are talking about moving their shops elsewhere, calling the ban on fur “ridiculous.” [NYT]

On December 7, photographer Mick Rock is set to launch an exhibition, Rocked, at the W Downtown New York. The exhibit, featuring photos of Debbie Harry, David Bowie, and Bono, is part of the hotel’s “Symmetry Live” series. [Page Six]

Photo: Paris Vogue / Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott