Relax friends, this is wrong.
While Kylie Jenner’s wild look for Monday’s Schiaparelli Haute Couture show — a black velvet dress topped with a giant, realistic lion’s head — might have seemed like PETA’s worst nightmare at first glance, the organization of Animal Rights Advocacy totally agrees.
In a statement shared with Page Six Style, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk hailed the “three-dimensional animal heads” in the Schiaparelli collection, none of which incorporated real fur or leather, as “fabulously innovative.”
“Kylie, Naomi and Irina’s looks celebrate the beauty of wild animals and can be a statement against trophy hunting, in which lions and wolves are torn apart to satisfy human selfishness,” Newkirk said.
In addition to a version of Jenner’s lion-inspired look, Schiaparelli’s Spring 2023 couture collection also included outfits with lifelike leopard and wolf heads modeled by Shalom Harlow and Naomi Campbell, respectively – a nod. eye to the three beasts in Dante’s “Inferno”.
“We encourage everyone to stick to 100% cruelty-free designs that showcase human ingenuity and prevent animal suffering,” Newkirk concluded, urging Jenner and her fellow stars to “extend that creativity to exclude sheep shorn bloodied for wool and silkworms boiled alive in their cocoons.
While Jenner, 25, was careful to point out that the lion’s head was “fake” and “artificial” in her Instagram post showing off the outfit, that didn’t stop commenters from slamming the couture creation en masse.
“Animals are not trophies,” one wrote, while another added: “As an African I am extremely offended. The implication is quite troubling.
Others described the set as “a scary sight”, “terrible”, “ridiculous” and “bad bad bad”.
In a pair of Instagram posts on the fashion house’s account, Schiaparelli defended her designs amid the uproar, noting that the animal heads featured on the show were made from “hand-sculpted foam.” [and] wool and silk faux fur, and hand painted to look as realistic as possible, celebrating the glory of the natural world.
Both captions ended with the same all-caps disclaimer: “NO ANIMAL WAS HARMED WHILE DOING THIS LOOK.”
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