Kylie Jenner’s viral gown — as well as other animal head-topped styles — from Schiaparelli’s spring 2023 haute couture show has a new fan: PETA.
The organization, which stands for “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals,” has released a statement to Page Six to defend Jenner’s choice of dress and others shown in Daniel Roseberry’s new “Dante’s Inferno”-themed collection.
In the statement, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk called the collection “fabulously innovative” from its usage of materials including painted foam, wool and silk faux fur — not, as many initially presumed online, real leather or fur. Her statement encompassed Jenner’s velvet dress topped with a lion head, which Irina Shayk simultaneously wore on the runway.
Similar pieces in the collection included wolf and leopard head-accented gowns worn by Naomi Campbell and Shalom Harlow, respectively.
“Kylie, Naomi and Irina’s looks celebrate the beauty of wild animals and maybe a statement against trophy hunting, in which lions and wolves are torn apart to satisfy human egotism,” Newkirk said. “We encourage everyone to stick with 100% cruelty-free designs that showcase human ingenuity and prevent animal suffering.”
Haute Couture Week showcases the newest collections from brands specializing in haute couture, renowned as the world’s finest garments made with intricate craftsmanship. From Jan. 23-Jan. 26, fashion shows and presentations will be held throughout Paris for the spring 2023 season. This season will include collections shown from Schiaparelli, Dior, Chanel, Valentino and Fendi.
This season will also feature several major moments, including Haider Ackermann’s guest-designed collection for Jean Paul Gaultier and Robert Wun’s couture debut — notably the first Hong Kong designer to show in the Week.