Donatella’s Flying Python Circus of Eco Crimes


Let’s take a moment out from all the congratulating of green celebs to point a finger at someone who probably thinks a carbon footprint comes from couture boots made from carbon-dated ancient mummy skins: Dontatella Versace.

According to an article profiling her in the latest New Yorker, Donatella likes to take her furniture with her when she travels so it’s more like home. Wow.

And this may come as a shock, but that’s not the only reason to put the Versace name onto an environmental hall of shame list. One writer put her in his list of top ten eco sinners because Versace doesn’t just embrace the private-jet lifestyle; the brand outfits anyone’s private jet with jet bags, exorbitantly priced furniture, or you can even purchase your own Versace 747—if you have 100 million British pounds earmarked to ensure you don’t have to travel with the hoi polloi.

And now a Daily Mail article reveals that Versace is one of the guilty parties who patronize the horrendously cruel python skinners. While piles of skinned pythons are left to die agonizing deaths that can take two days, the skins are converted into fugly “high fashion” that heartless patrons will pay thousands for. Some “exotic skin”-bearing reptiles may now be endangered thanks to these practices.

Not to mention that Versace is outfitting the upcoming Spice Girls comeback tour…the very tour of the each-band-member-having-her-own-jet rumors. We hope they’ll at least be Versace jets. Ahem.

I’m sure I could go on and on citing the fashion dynasty’s crimes against the planet in general, and animals and the atmosphere in particular, but you get the idea, caring reader.

Aren’t high fashion people supposed to be on top of current trends, or leading them, really? How cutting-edge is it to live large like there’s no tomorrow? Has anyone at Versace heard of the whole global warming business of late? Oh right, the fashion powerhouse did supposedly cash in on the biggest trend of the year and use some environmentally friendly fabrics in their line, or something. Somehow I don’t believe it’s an earnest gesture.

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