From soft and feminine to military chic there were many different faces to H&M’s most recent catwalk show in Paris this week. The khaki green sweater dresses, knee high black boots and black patent bombers made for an edgier look, although this was occasionally softened somewhat through fluffy fur coats, pretty lace detailing and silky slip dresses. Elsewhere in the show we were shown long, soft, cashmere coats, in both navy and khaki, that were a refreshing step away from the sugary sweet pastel versions we’ve been seeing. Navy seemed like the new black for this show, giving us a classic look, but this didn’t take away from the youthful glow-it wasn’t long before we saw clashing animal print, sequins and pretty turquoise hues (not forgetting those amazing clashing orange/khaki colour combos).
H&M have managed to find a perfect balance through the use of simple shapes, rich colours and the mixing of different textures, for a tough, but feminine, approach to dressing.
Firstly, how cute is this little angora bunny?
It’s been all over the news this week that those fluffy angora jumpers being sold at the likes of GAP, Topshop and ASOS may have a more sinister back story than you would first imagine. Most retailers have quickly ceased contracts with their inhumane Chinese suppliers and taken the products off their shelves, and Topshop are even allowing returns of the cruel products for unhappy customers.
Although these cruel stories may frighten most away from buying such fluffy jumpers these recently emerging stories do not mean that all angora jumpers are from cruel backgrounds, with some Angora breeders stepping out to claim they ethically remove the hairs through gentle brushing. But there are similar textures available that feel and look like angora, but are actually made out of synthetic materials, making these jumpers a much safer options! In any supply chain, I have learnt that no part can be fully tracked and trusted so it is always better to buy fake (and this goes for other furs, skins and feathers, too!)
Retailers to avoid include:
Zara (they’ve refused to confirm that they will cancel it’s orders from cruel suppliers)
River Island, M&S, H&M (some of their fluffy jumpers are made partly of Angora fibres and are too cheap to be humanely sourced)
Primark (At £14 for an Angora jumper there is absolutely NO way this was obtained ethically)
So below are examples of ‘Angora style’ products that are completely Angora friendly, but when looking yourselves please make sure you read the label! (From left to right : Select Fashion, New Look, River Island)