Fur is back on the catwalk and in Perth’s fashion boutiques

German fashion designer Karl Lagerfield is not afraid to use fur in his collections.

German fashion designer Karl Lagerfield is not afraid to use fur in his collections.

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FUR is back in fashion — but not everyone will admit it.

Next week it’s set to cause a sensation in Paris when designer Karl Lagerfeld shows a haute couture collection of furs he has designed for Fendi.

The show — which has been dubbed a haute horreur by animal rights groups — will mark the 50th anniversary of Lagerfeld’s work for the Roman label.

It also confirms fur’s return to the fashion limelight — and also the red carpet — after decades out in the cold.

In Perth, local boutiques are cautiously beginning to once again stock fur, but not everyone involved in the local fur scene is willing to talk about it.

At least one fur importer and designer declined to be interviewed.

“It’s such a controversial topic …. It’s like a love-hate thing in this world,” one stylist said.

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Meanwhile, Lagerfeld has defended his show.

“As long as people eat meat and wear leather, I don’t get the message,” he said, adding that “a butcher shop is worse”.

But animal rights groups say with a multitude of faux fur products to choose from, there’s no need to wear the real thing.

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