Anticipated event London Fashion Week (LFW) kicks off September 14, this year with no fur in sight. While LFW did not impose a ban on fur, every designer that will present their collections this year has adopted a fur-free policy, including last-minute holdout Burberry. After more than a decade of pressure from animal-rights organizations, including Humane Society International UK and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Burberry announced this month that it would no longer use fur in its collections and appointed Riccardo Tisci as its new creative director to phase out any remaining fur items. “I don’t think it is compatible with modern luxury and with the environment in which we live, and Riccardo has a very strong view as well on this,” LFW CEO Marco Gobbetti told Business of Fashion. “It’s part of what Burberry is today.” Similarly, animal fur is falling out of favor in the United States. Earlier this year, American designer Donna Karan pledged to eliminate the material from her future collections, and the city of San Francisco joined West Hollywood and Berkeley in banning fur sales within city limits.
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