Giorgio Armani has pledged to cease using animal fur. Starting with the Fall/Winter 2016 season,  all of the garments and accessories in Armani’s collections will be fur-free. According to a statement from the Milan-based company, “Technical progress made over the years allows us to have valid alternatives at our disposal that render the use of cruel practices unnecessary as regards animals.” 

Armani, 81, follows British designer Stella McCartney and Germany’s Hugo Boss in not using fur, which has been making a comeback on the runway recently. LVMH-owned Fendi hosted an “haute fourrure” show last July, consisting almost entirely of mink and other animal pelts. The recent round of fashion shows in London included fur coats by Burberry Plc among others.