Look of the Week: A neon faux fur moment for Nicki Minaj

On Monday night, Nicki Minaj made a conspicuous entrance at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City to film an episode of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” As she walked inside, the formidable rap star was almost completely enveloped by a chunky hooded fuchsia faux fur jacket. A few hours later, she left the taping sheathed in an even larger, full-length version — this time in acid green.

Today, opting for the real deal will likely be seen as a reflection of personal ethics. Tireless PETA campaigning and gallons of red paint have finally swung the pendulum away from fur products; even luxury conglomerate Kering — parent company to designer labels including Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Bottega Veneta — phased out fur in 2022.

In a similar vein, Karl Lagerfeld’s Fall-Winter 1994 collection for Chanel helped make fake fur high fashion. On the runway, ski pants were paired with tall furry docker hats, and cropped fuzzy jackets came in pink, yellow and green. “Like Coco Chanel who mixed fine jewelry with paste — and encouraged other women to do the same — Karl Lagerfeld knew his fur from his fluff,” read Vogue’s show report.