Oh, darling readers, today we’re diving into a topic that’s as fluffy as it is controversial – fake fur, and let me tell you, it’s a journey that sparkles with opulence, but not without its pitfalls. As a connoisseur of the finer things in life and an ardent advocate for a planet that can keep up with our fabulousness, I find myself perched on a glittering tightrope between luxury and environmental responsibility.

Now, let’s get one thing straight: my closet is a treasure trove of vintage fur, each piece with a story as rich and intricate as its previous owners. These aren’t just coats; they’re legacies, wrapped in the allure of bygone eras. And before you raise an eyebrow, let me assure you, these beauties were adopted from those who, for one reason or another, decided to part ways with their luxurious skins. It’s an upcycling dream, transforming what was once hidden in the shadows of wardrobes and thrift shops into centerpieces of modern fashion narratives. The truth is, these vintage furs carry with them a spirit of recycling that’s both stylish and, dare I say, a nod to sustainability.

Fake Fur

But as we saunter further into this glittering world, the plot thickens. Enter the era of fake fur, heralded by the likes of Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana, dripping in the promise of cruelty-free opulence. And yet, as I strutted through Milan Fashion Week, my heart sank. The catwalks were awash with faux fur, a sea of synthetic fibers masquerading as the epitome of luxury. It’s a paradox, really – on one hand, we’re told it’s the eco-friendly choice, yet on the other, it’s a concoction of plastics that whisper sweet nothings to the environment as they make their way into our oceans.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for innovation and the magic of make-believe, but when the faux becomes foe, it’s time for a stylish intervention. The reality is, these synthetic furs are a cocktail of chemicals that eventually find their way into our seas, mingling with the fish that grace our dinner tables. It’s a cycle of faux pas that leaves a taste more bitter than chic.

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana 2024

Made In Italy Vintage Fur

And let’s talk about the real deal for a moment. There’s something undeniably enchanting about vintage fur. It’s not just about making a statement; it’s about honoring a legacy. In my corner of Italy, the fur markets tell tales of luxury that begs to be reimagined, not discarded. Yet, as I wander through these alleys of opulence, the prices are as steep as the mountains of Tuscany, a sad testament to the value we’ve placed on what should be cherished and reused.


Rabbit Fur upcycled

Mink Fur Gracie Opulanza Vintage (1)

Mink Fur

Rabbit fur Gracie Opulanza Vintage coat

Vintage Rabbit Fur

Across the waters, in the land of windmills and tulips, real fur faces its own crisis, shunned by a generation that’s been led to believe that faux is the future. But here’s the twist – while we turn our noses up at the new, there’s a world of vintage glamour waiting to be rediscovered and redefined. It’s not about promoting the past; it’s about paving a future where luxury and sustainability can waltz together under the disco ball of progress.

And yet, as I wrap myself in my vintage mink, a relic of craftsmanship that has withstood the test of time, I can’t help but wonder about the legacy we’re leaving behind with our synthetic substitutes. Will they endure the decades, or will they crumble under the weight of their own contradictions? It’s a question that lingers in the air, mingling with the scent of aged leather and memories.

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana 2024

It Is Your Choice

So, my dear fashionistas, as we navigate this glamorous labyrinth, let’s not forget the impact of our choices. Whether it’s the allure of vintage fur that whispers tales of timeless elegance, or the siren call of faux fur that promises a guilt-free luxury, the path we choose is a reflection of the world we wish to create.

Let’s make it one where style and sustainability aren’t mutually exclusive, where the legacy of luxury is measured not just by its immediate splendor, but by its ability to enchant and inspire generations to come. After all, isn’t that the true essence of opulence?

And to those who dream of stepping out as an Italian mob wife, draped in the finery of fur, remember, the true mob boss is Mother Nature herself. And she, my darlings, is the ultimate style icon, dictating the trends that will stand the test of time. So, next time you’re tempted by the plush allure of fake fur, ask yourself: will it be a legacy of love or a faux pas? The choice, as always, is yours to make, in the most fabulous way possible.


Tom Ford 2024