Friday, September 4, 2009
Within one hour of touching down in Melbourne for this week's Marc Jacobs on Film festival, fashblogger Bryanboy told me he was approached by two animal rights protestors on Bourke Street over a fox fur collar he was sporting. One of two fur collars he brought to Melbourne. In the interim, the animal rights lobby has been asleep at the vegan leather-covered wheel. In spite of having been targeted by PETA last year back in his home town of Manila, a recent blog blowup about the origin of these particular furs - China - and furthermore, having repeatedly advertised his Melbourne location, not a peep out of PETA. And that's not for a lack of opportunities.
On Tuesday, frockwriter was down in Melbourne to moderate another FGI Fashion Flash industry seminar, this time at the Fashion Exposed trade show.
Spent the rest of the afternoon out and about town with Bryanboy and a blog posse that included Matt 'Imelda' Jordan, Helen 'Sassybella' Lee, Hayley Hughes and celebrity stylist Philip Boon.
Bryanboy was wearing the silver fox and frockwriter couldn't resist doing a little impromptu styling:
In case there is any doubt that that is, or at least was, a fox, here's a closeup of its face:
I did not manage to get a shot, but FYI the mouth opens and closes.
After we both tweeted the shots, I was a little concerned that Bryanboy might be on the receiving end of a bucket of red paint. And that I might inadvertently cop a little PETA "fur scum" rage by way of proximity:
And as if Bryanboy needed any encouragement on the fur front, moreover, Boon appears to be even more of a fur-ophile.
Here's a shot from Boon's iPhone that was recently taken during a trip to the Victorian Alps:
This afternoon, Boon took Bryanboy on a Melbourne shopping tour, which swung by numerous shops selling vintage fur.
And apparently Bryanboy did not walk away empty-handed. Here he is back at the hotel:
Shots and shop locations were tweeted by both Bryanboy and Boon all afternoon.
But still, no reaction.
So there you have it.
In spite of recent protests outside the boutique of Melbourne designer Alannah Hill (and an email death threat which PETA denied had anything to do with them), PETA has lost the battle against fur in Melbourne - where a fur coat would no doubt come in very handy during the chilly southern winter.
Too busy busy pumping energy into the mulesing saga downunder?
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