LOS ANGELES — A federal court on Monday upheld the City of West Hollywood’s municipal prohibition on the sale of animal fur apparel. Chief Judge George H. King of the United States District Court for the Central District of California dismissed a constitutional challenge filed by home and accessories retailer Mayfair House to the ordinance.
King wrote that West Hollywood’s intent to “promote community awareness of animal welfare, foster the city’s goal to be a community that cares about animal welfare and further the city’s reputation as a cruelty-free zone for animals” by prohibiting fur sales was a “legitimate interest.” Mayfair House however, can continue to challenge the ban at the state level.
“It’s not over yet,” said Elizabeth Solomon, a spokeswoman for Mayfair House. “We are surrounded by home design stores that sell fur chairs and fur rugs. That is where the issue is. Why is this just directed to apparel? Just be fair and apply it across the board.”
The ban went info effect Sept. 21, 2013, slapping retailers who sold fur with civil penalties of $200 for an initial offense, $400 for a second offense within a year and $800 for a third offense within a year. A $50 administrative fee is levied with each penalty. Additional offenses within a 12-month period are charged as infractions or misdemeanors.
Keith Kaplan, executive director of the Fur Information Council of America, estimated that more than half of the retailers in West Hollywood would lose sales as a result of the city’s ordinance prohibiting the selling, trading, distributing, importing or exporting of any fur product because the ban includes any products with fur fibers attached, such as shearling and calfskin. Among the many clothing stores in West Hollywood that carry such products are Balenciaga, Rag & Bone, Maxfield, Alberta Ferretti, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Kitson, Tommy Hilfiger, Christian Louboutin, BCBG, Church Boutique and H Lorenzo. The International Fur Federation has estimated the global fur market at $40 billion worldwide; total fur sales in North America are estimated to have topped $4 billion in 2013, according to the Fur Information Council of America.
“Many of these retailers have locations outside of West Hollywood where they can continue to sell fur, and they’re not really feeling the hit from this. [The ban] really singles out independent retailers, which is unfair to small business owners,” said Kaplan.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast