Shearling Chic

 Out of the fur pantheon, shearling is by far the oldest fashion trend that never falls out of favor. Don’t think so? Just go check out prehistoric cave paintings with their references to animal pelts worn on human shapes, or even 19th century North American trappers donned in buck skins and other pelts.

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“Fur Trapper”, Alfred Jacob Miller, 1837

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Salvatore Ferragamo – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Shearling Chic - The All-Time Superstar - Fur Fashion

Burberry Prorsum Shearling Funnel Neck Aviator Jacket

Shearling might simply be the most democratic fur of all, the one type that defies generational differences and socio-economic divides. From “easy-going” to “hippy chic” to ultra-modern, shearling is making its mark on this fashion cycle.

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Vivienne Tam – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Shearling Chic - The All-Time Superstar - Fur Fashion

Rick Owens – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Shearling Chic - The All-Time Superstar - Fur Fashion

Versace – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Shearling Chic - The All-Time Superstar - Fur Fashion

Bottega Veneta – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Whereas shearling was often used in a cruder finish in 1970s fashion, recently it has gotten the glam reboot. Designers are currently toying with both the woolen side and the leather/sueded side of the skins to great effect on the runways.

Shearling Chic - The All-Time Superstar - Fur Fashion

Helmut Lang – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Shearling Chic - The All-Time Superstar - Fur Fashion

Peachoo Krejberg – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

The leather side of the pelt is currently reworked into a full-fledged design component, now getting as much attention as the fur side. Some designers and couturiers opt to lacquer the leather, or even shave it into a textile-thin finish. Others go as far as merging two skins in one garment – combining mink with lamb leather, for example, for a truly unique and highly fashionable look.

Shearling Chic - The All-Time Superstar - Fur Fashion

DKNY – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Shearling Chic - The All-Time Superstar - Fur Fashion

Miharayasuhiro – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Shearling Chic - The All-Time Superstar - Fur Fashion

Brandon Sun – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Shearling Chic - The All-Time Superstar - Fur Fashion

Ermenegildo Zegna – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Shearling Chic - The All-Time Superstar - Fur Fashion

Jean Paul Gaultier – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

 

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A beautiful Sheared Black Rex Rabbit Cape Jacket from Marc Kaufman Furs in New York's Garment District

Check out Marc Kaufman Furs' new collection of Russian sable coats, mink strollers, fox jackets, Canadian lynx jackets, American lynx jackets, knit mink capes, and chinchilla coats or create or design your own mink coats, fox coats, or any type of furs. We custom make fur garments to your specifications.

We have a beautiful collection of unique designer furs for rent at every price range. If you are interested in renting a fur, come in and see what kinds of furs we have in stock and what’s available for fur rental in your size.

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Joe Namath (shown here with Marc Kaufman) wearing his Marc Kaufman Furs custom coyote coat
Joe Namath (shown here with Marc Kaufman) wearing his Marc Kaufman Furs custom coyote coat

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Fur Fashions from the Runways of Milan

 Milan has long been the Mecca of the luxury fur market.

When it comes to fur fashion trends this Season, Milan is a total trendsetter. The Italians,  have approached fur just like any other material for decades now, constantly experimenting and innovating. Fall/Winter 2013/14 proved to be no exception. The result? Several exciting new fur trends to inspire us, as well as a return to some of the long established favorites.

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Model post fashion show – Milan Fashion Week Fall 2013-Winter 2014 (photo courtesy of www.Elle.com)

 

Fur Fashion Trends 2013 | Cropped Looks

One of the big questions, not so long ago, was how to keep fur design fresh and youthful? Cropped Looks is one of the answers. Yes, this season had a great medley of cropped looks that are sure to win fans. Their spin on classic jackets, including blousons or bikers, shortened peacoats or kimonos, are allowing for greater versatility and wearability. These fur pieces complement a more mobile lifestyle, and work equally well with various wardrobe styles and age groups. Cropped fur looks are a MUST HAVE.

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Gianfranco Ferré – Fall 2013-Winter 2014

Fur Fashion Trends 2013 - Milan

Ports 1961 – Fall 2013-Winter 2014

Fur Fashion Trends 2013 - Milan

Roberto Cavalli – Fall 2013-Winter 2014

Fur Fashion Trends 2013 - Milan

Krizia – Fall 2013-Winter 2014

Fur Fashion Trends 2013 | Saturated Brights

Bright colors are also keeping fur designs fresh and lively. This season has given us beautiful Saturated Brights that are redefining sartorial conventions. Once fur is rinsed or dyed it transforms into a “surrogate textile” with tremendous creative flexibility. A quick dye bath can make any fur look sporty, chic, cool… completely new. Matching a fur to a textile’s color changes the fashion picture and creates a great new design platform (this isn’t anything new, but some of the high saturations used are). Combining these bold, rich colorations with the deep, textural appeal of fur lends a dramatic sculptural effect and maximizes visual impact.

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Laura Biagiotti – Fall 2013-Winter 2014

Fur Fashion Trends 2013 - Milan

Fendi – Fall 2013-Winter 2014

Fur Fashion Trends 2013 - Milan

Maurizio Pecoraro – Fall 2013-Winter 2014

Fur Fashion Trends 2013 - Milan

Ter et Bantine – Fall 2013-Winter 2014

 

Fur Fashion Trends 2013 | Retro Looks

Looking back at the past to uncover the NEW is a trend in and of itself. Retro Looks are given fresh new takes and are transformed into completely contemporary results – ones with a distant pedigree! The modernity of this trend comes with the initial appropriation of a look, shape, silhouette, made to read completely new once reworked with a specific fur type, fur combinations, or new and innovative manufacturing techniques. The past is the best teacher; these pieces are studied and foolproof… and full of personality.

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Prada – Fall 2013-Winter 2014

Fur Fashion Trends 2013 - Milan

Emporio Armani – Fall 2013-Winter 2014

Fur Fashion Trends 2013 - Milan

Gucci – Fall 2013-Winter 2014

Fur Fashion Trends 2013 - Milan

Simonetta Ravizza – Fall 2013-Winter 2014

 

Fur Fashion Trends 2013 | Decorative Mix

A little flair goes a long way. Many designers are embracing the Decorative Mix. A little something furry around the neck area, a few appliqué embroideries here and there, a little strip of long-haired fur on a trim or hem, all make a huge design difference. When it comes to decorative elements, the applications are so well researched and beautifully executed that even the most minimalist-minded will surely succumb to their creative charms.

Emilio Pucci – Fall 2013-Winter 2014

Marni – Fall 2013-Winter 2014

Antonio Marras – Fall 2013-Winter 2014

Roberto Cavalli – Fall 2013-Winter 2014

 

Fur Fashion Trends 2013 | Winter White

White, in all its clean, crisp splendor, is fast becoming a go-to choice for fur designs. White, the de facto anti-color, is featured in a multitude of looks and shade variations that are making it a trans-generational superstar for its chic choice and versatility. Unlike black that often reads formal, Winter White can easily channel a sportiness that plays with the new casual styling favored today. All in all, white furs are becoming classic accents each season.

Fur Fashion Trends 2013 - Milan

Come by Marc Kaufman Furs to check out our extensive collection of Russian sable coats, mink strollers, fox jackets, Canadian lynx jackets, American lynx jackets, knit mink capes, and chinchilla coats, and more! Or contact us about designing your own piece from scratch, and we will custom make the garment to your specifications.

We have a beautiful collection of unique designer furs for rent at every price range. If you are interested in renting a fur, come in and see what kinds of furs we have in stock and what’s available for fur rental in your size.

Joe Namath (shown here with Marc Kaufman) wearing his Marc Kaufman Furs custom coyote coat
Joe Namath (shown here with Marc Kaufman) wearing his Marc Kaufman Furs custom coyote coat

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The Ultimate Fur Gift Giving Guide

 We can’t help but get caught up in the Holiday shopping buzz which seems to start earlier and earlier every year. With good intentions in hand, it is inevitable that we end up running around aimlessly at the eleventh hour trying to secure the final  few “perfect” gifts for those on our list. So, to help organize your Holiday shopping this year we came up with a few fail-safe gift ideas to satisfy everyone on your list. And, to make it that much easier, we organized it with personality, passion and focus in mind. Now that’s a list to live by!

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Ivory Cashmere Cape with Fox Collar and Trim from Marc Kaufman Furs in NYC

The Glambo

These seasoned fashion lovers are usually the most discriminating and difficult to shop for on your Holiday list. We call them Glambos because they are militant about high-style. You know them, they’re the ones who have just about E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G in multiples and look so darn polished even rolling out of bed. Suspending any budget limitations, here’s some top tier ideas that will definitely hit a home run with these lucky elite.

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Bibhu Mohapatra | Fall 2013

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Fendi | Fall 2013

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Giuliana Teso | Fall 2013

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Dennis Basso | Fall 2013

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Tortoise Shell Hooded Mink Stroller from Marc Kaufman Furs in NYC

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Sapphire Mink Jacket Horizontal Stripes

Outdoorsy Opulence

Just like being a little bit country and a litle rock n’ roll, these outdoor-loving types know how to appear casual, classic and chic with minimal effort. Always looking for a reason to bond with nature, these land, sea and slope lovers rejoice in getting their hands dirty and delight in breaking a “good sweat”. Here’s your opportunity to help them look even more stylish and sexy while doing it. This is our roundup of the perfect looks for them.

Helen Yarmak Fall 2013 | Part 1 | The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide FUR Everyone

Helen Yarmak | Fall 2013

Annabelle New York Fall 2013 | Part 1 | The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide FUR Everyone

Annabelle New York | Fall 2013

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Belted Knit Rex Rabbit Cape with Fox Collar from Marc Kaufman Furs in NYC

Reservations Required

If you have to poke, prod and almost pledge your first-born to get someone on your list to break out of their mold, whether it’s a love of all black or a uniform of denim and tees, this list is  for you! These are the folks who are more reserved and stick to a pattern and palette for dressing. This is not only a female phenomena as there are some men who only rely on simple blacks, browns or greys to get them through spring, summer, fall or winter. Think your classic New Yorker who can wear all black like nobody else, or the woman who chooses a Prada loafer instead of Manolo stiletto and you get an idea of who we had in mind for these picks.

Donna Karan Fall 2013 | Part 1 | The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide FUR Everyone

Donna Karan | Fall 2013

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Elie Saab | Fall 2013

Gianfranco Ferre - Milan February 2013

Gianfranco Ferre | Fall 2013

Krizia Fall 2013 | Part 1 | The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide FUR Everyone

Krizia | Fall 2013

Prabal Gurung | Fall 2013 | Part 1 | The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide FUR Everyone

Prabal Gurung | Fall 2013

Prada - Milan Fashion Week Feb 2013 | Part 1 | The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide FUR Everyone

Prada | Fall 2013

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Grey swakara stroller with chinchilla collar and cuffs from Marc Kaufman Furs in NYC

The Bold & Brazen

Fearless and whimsical, and clearly not ruled by functionality or uniformity, these are the most fun and indulgent to shop for. We could all take a fashion and life cue from this brazen bunch. They live and dress with a passion that is truly palpable; even if it’s not always understandable. Taking fashion risks and dressing for the sheer love of the sport is what drives them. With great satisfaction and youthful glee we present these picks to you….Enjoy.

Oscar de la Renta Fall 2013 | Part 1 | The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide FUR Everyone

Oscar de la Renta | Fall 2013

Antonio Marras Fall 2013 | Part 1 | The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide FUR Everyone

Antonio Marras | Fall 2013

Tom Ford Fall 2013 | Part 1 | The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide FUR Everyone

Tom Ford | Fall 2013

 Manish Arora Fall 2013 | Part 1 | The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide FUR Everyone

Manish Arora | Fall 2013

Jean Paul Gaultier | Fall 2013 |

Jean Paul Gaultier | Fall 2013

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Fluffy Lynx Fur Jacket from Marc Kaufman Furs in NYC

As your designated fur elves, we did our due diligence to come up with even more ideas to knock the socks off the loved ones on your Holiday shopping list. Whether the list is long, or considerately pared, small things go a long way. Take heed, small doesn’t necessarily mean insignificant. Don’t believe us? Do diamonds come in large or small boxes? Can hundred dollar bills fit in a pocket?… Enough said. If neither diamonds, nor money float your boat as Holiday gifts, then consider these small but mighty fur gift options for the ones you really, really love.

The Fledgling Fur Lover

Tweens, college bound and beyond this is for anyone who is looking to own their first fur item. In order to ease them into this inevitable lifelong love affair, we suggest smaller, cute, simple and highly versatile fur pieces that could easily transition from day to night, dorm to disco. Consider these if you aim to please.

Chanel Fall 2013 | The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide FUR Everyone | Part 2

Chanel | Fall 2013

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Adrienne Landau | Fall 2013

Badgley Mischka Fall 2013 | The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide FUR Everyone | Part 2

Badgley Mischka | Fall 2013

Carolina Herrera Fall 2013 | The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide FUR Everyone | Part 2

Carolina Herrera | Fall 2013

Altuzarra Fall 2013 | The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide FUR Everyone | Part 2

Altuzarra | Fall 2013

Marc Jacobs Fall 2013 | The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide FUR Everyone | Part 2

Marc Jacobs | Fall 2013

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Cream and Brown Rabbit Fringe Jacket, now only $395 from Marc Kaufman Furs in NYC

Get the celebrity look

Check out Marc Kaufman Furs’ new collection of Russian sable coats, mink strollers, fox jackets, Canadian lynx jackets, American lynx jackets, knit mink capes, and chinchilla coats and more or create or design your own mink coats, fox coats, or any type of furs. Or we can custom make fur garments to your specifications.

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What Alascans Wear Designer Furs

Fur Rondy fashion: What Alaskans wore

Leslie Boyd
 
Ed Harris with grizzly bear, black bear and wolf fur. Feb 24, 2013
Loren Holmes photo
 

Lookin’ good, Alaska! At least that’s what I hope to say every few weeks when I take a closer look at what you wore. I want you to help me dispel the distinctly Alaska myth of Carhartts at the opera and set a new standard for avoiding our unhealthy addiction to rubber footwear. Be warned, I also might call you out for passing off those zip-off hiking pants as business casual. To get started, here’s what some of you wore during the 2013 Fur Rendezvous Festival in downtown Anchorage on Feb. 24. Fur was the obvious accessory, and even when it wasn’t, you were still winter-weather stylin’.

Who: Julie Brophy, Anchorage, Alaska, esthetician
Fur Rondy Fashion: Brophy’s subtle nod to the festival was a sheared beaver headband she bought at David Green Master Furrier the day before. Otherwise, she was layered in classic Last Frontier lady gear, including a sleek plum puffer jacket and Bogs boots.
Shopgirl Synopsis: She said she didn’t have time to swap out her black patent Coach purse for something more functional, but it turned out to be a pretty sly accessory for this Arctic fox.
Who: Priscilla Tingook, Anchorage, stay-at-home mother
Fur Rondy Fashion: Tingook’s practical Baffin boots, bib overalls and North Face fleece pullover seemed pretty cozy by themselves. But it’s the final layer -- a fur-lined kuspuk with a wolverine ruff -- that made her fit in and fired up: “Of course, I’m sweating right now!” she said.
Shopgirl Synopsis: If the fur was good for fitting in, then the parka’s effect was two-fold. The purple patterned cotton shell was a bright spot that stood out among the snow and sled dog watchers along Fourth Avenue.
Who: Carey-Marie Fleming and David Secora, Milwaukee, retired
Fur Rondy Fashion: From Fleming’s silver fox hat down to her timber wolf coat and blue fox boots and Secora’s coyote coat-and-hat combo, three winter trips to Alaska have helped these two piece together a his-and-her fur collection that could rival Rondy royalty.
Shopgirl Synposis: This couple has a corner on cold weather and they know how to dress accordingly: “I’m the one weirdo . . . I hate summer,” Fleming said. “I never come in the summer.”
Who: Will Brewer, Dallas/Fort Worth, U.S. National Park Service intern
Fur Rondy Fashion: His vintage-hiker-chic look was as easy to spot as his sunny yellow backpack at the kid-crazy carnival. When Brewer, who’s only been in Alaska a few months, shared where he purchased his outfit’s main pieces, including Eddie Bauer, REI and Banana Republic, he made sure to mention the sales.
Shopgirl Synopsis: Brewer deserves an award for his style and shopping accomplishments, but I wasn’t completely convinced when he told me he was warm. Then, like he’s lived here long enough to be a sartorial Sourdough, he said, “I have my other coat in my bag.”
 
Who: Ed Hills, Anchorage, Alaska Railroad maintenance shop supervisor
Fur Rondy Fashion: In style circles, the phrase “mix and match” usually means something other than Hills' outfit, but you’ll get the idea: The hat, mittens and coat are made of black bear fur, the chaps are brown bear and the coat’s sleeves are wolf. The hides came from various sources, including the Fur Ronday fur auction, other local trappers and his own hunts.
Shopgirl Synposis: Hills' look is genuinely Alaska and fundamentally Fur Rondy without bordering on what you might see on the Discovery Channel. He’s hard-core right down to the worn Harley Davidson T-shirt. “It’s part of the theme,” he said.
Who: Alfredo Solivan, New York, dancer with Alaska Dance Theatre
Fur Rondy Fashion: Solivan is street chic in a knotted gray scarf underneath a structured canvas Timberland coat, skinny khakis from the Gap and perfectly worn leather oxford-style shoes.
Shopgirl Synposis: Even though he isn’t from Alaska, Solivan’s winter wear can still serve as an inspiration for those seeking suave style. We’ll forgive him for forgetting a minor detail: “I don’t have any fur, but this is lambs wool,” Solivan said, pointing to the puffy off-white lining of his coat.

Leslie Boyd

Ed Harris with grizzly bear, black bear and wolf fur. Feb 24, 2013
Loren Holmes photo
 

Lookin’ good, Alaska! At least that’s what I hope to say every few weeks when I take a closer look at what you wore. I want you to help me dispel the distinctly Alaska myth of Carhartts at the opera and set a new standard for avoiding our unhealthy addiction to rubber footwear. Be warned, I also might call you out for passing off those zip-off hiking pants as business casual. To get started, here’s what some of you wore during the 2013 Fur Rendezvous Festival in downtown Anchorage on Feb. 24. Fur was the obvious accessory, and even when it wasn’t, you were still winter-weather stylin’.

Who: Julie Brophy, Anchorage, Alaska, esthetician
Fur Rondy Fashion: Brophy’s subtle nod to the festival was a sheared beaver headband she bought at David Green Master Furrier the day before. Otherwise, she was layered in classic Last Frontier lady gear, including a sleek plum puffer jacket and Bogs boots.
Shopgirl Synopsis: She said she didn’t have time to swap out her black patent Coach purse for something more functional, but it turned out to be a pretty sly accessory for this Arctic fox.
Who: Priscilla Tingook, Anchorage, stay-at-home mother
Fur Rondy Fashion: Tingook’s practical Baffin boots, bib overalls and North Face fleece pullover seemed pretty cozy by themselves. But it’s the final layer -- a fur-lined kuspuk with a wolverine ruff -- that made her fit in and fired up: “Of course, I’m sweating right now!” she said.
Shopgirl Synopsis: If the fur was good for fitting in, then the parka’s effect was two-fold. The purple patterned cotton shell was a bright spot that stood out among the snow and sled dog watchers along Fourth Avenue.
Who: Carey-Marie Fleming and David Secora, Milwaukee, retired
Fur Rondy Fashion: From Fleming’s silver fox hat down to her timber wolf coat and blue fox boots and Secora’s coyote coat-and-hat combo, three winter trips to Alaska have helped these two piece together a his-and-her fur collection that could rival Rondy royalty.
Shopgirl Synposis: This couple has a corner on cold weather and they know how to dress accordingly: “I’m the one weirdo . . . I hate summer,” Fleming said. “I never come in the summer.”
Who: Will Brewer, Dallas/Fort Worth, U.S. National Park Service intern
Fur Rondy Fashion: His vintage-hiker-chic look was as easy to spot as his sunny yellow backpack at the kid-crazy carnival. When Brewer, who’s only been in Alaska a few months, shared where he purchased his outfit’s main pieces, including Eddie Bauer, REI and Banana Republic, he made sure to mention the sales.
Shopgirl Synopsis: Brewer deserves an award for his style and shopping accomplishments, but I wasn’t completely convinced when he told me he was warm. Then, like he’s lived here long enough to be a sartorial Sourdough, he said, “I have my other coat in my bag.”
 
Who: Ed Hills, Anchorage, Alaska Railroad maintenance shop supervisor
Fur Rondy Fashion: In style circles, the phrase “mix and match” usually means something other than Hills' outfit, but you’ll get the idea: The hat, mittens and coat are made of black bear fur, the chaps are brown bear and the coat’s sleeves are wolf. The hides came from various sources, including the Fur Ronday fur auction, other local trappers and his own hunts.
Shopgirl Synposis: Hills' look is genuinely Alaska and fundamentally Fur Rondy without bordering on what you might see on the Discovery Channel. He’s hard-core right down to the worn Harley Davidson T-shirt. “It’s part of the theme,” he said.
Who: Alfredo Solivan, New York, dancer with Alaska Dance Theatre
Fur Rondy Fashion: Solivan is street chic in a knotted gray scarf underneath a structured canvas Timberland coat, skinny khakis from the Gap and perfectly worn leather oxford-style shoes.
Shopgirl Synposis: Even though he isn’t from Alaska, Solivan’s winter wear can still serve as an inspiration for those seeking suave style. We’ll forgive him for forgetting a minor detail: “I don’t have any fur, but this is lambs wool,” Solivan said, pointing to the puffy off-white lining of his coat.
 

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Fur flies high luxury fashion lines Milan’s catwalks

Fur flies high in luxury fashion lines on Milan’s catwalks

 

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There was a flurry of fur on the Marni catwalk in Milan this morning, rather apposite considering the heavy snow falling in the city.

This collection was something of a departure for the usually heavily patterned and printed brand, featuring as it did only a handful of prints – each a version of a landscape of bare trees.

Whether as close-up branches scratching out a monochrome check or diagonally repeated lines of trees with blue skies or green leaves, this sparing use of pattern was atmospheric.

Fur was used to accent the austere collection in a dark palette of black, charcoal, forest green and oxblood. Flattened dresses that stood away from the sides of the body were embellished with badger fur as a wide strip at the hem or a cross-your-heart strap in dresses, accessorised with a black and lime-green stole.

There has been a lot of fur seen on the catwalks over the last five days, a trend that is sure to continue when the collections begin again in the luxury houses of Paris on Wednesday.

Although the Italians have always had a preponderance for skins, the prolific use could be seen as optimism for a return to the boom days of luxury fashion.

Marni received a huge investment in December when a controlling stake was bought by Renzo Russo, who also owns Diesel. In a country that characteristically likes to wear its wealth, this injection of money into the Italian brand was certainly apparent in today’s collection.

Expressing that wealth in a more flamboyant way, Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana mined their Catholic heritage for the rich iconography that inspired their new collection, taking saintly mosaics and frescos as a starting point for an ornately printed, sequined and jewelled collection.

There were Dolce & Gabbana signature fabrics aplenty, accessorised with Byzantine crosses and golden crowns: Sicilian lace in red, black and white was used on dresses, coats, skirts and smock tops with a soft Sixties silhouette while velvet was used on bags and shoes.

 

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Paris Fashion Week fur, leather seven more trends from the City of Lightďż

Paris Fashion Week Top 10: Bustiers, fur, leather and seven more trends from the City of Light’s runways

Elayne Teixeira-Millar | 13/03/06 | Last Updated: 13/03/07 1:44 PM ET
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Models walk the runway during the Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2013 Ready-to-Wear show as part of Paris Fashion Week.
Getty ImagesModels walk the runway during the Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2013 Ready-to-Wear show as part of Paris Fashion Week.

It is common knowledge in style circles that Paris Fashion Week is the most important date on any designer’s calendar. The city of lights is home to most of the oldest and biggest names in the business, from Dior to Chanel, so it’s only fitting that the biggest of fashion weeks should be held in the city where it all began. In the past week, Parisian runways have seen some of the fall/winter 2013-14 season’s biggest trends; from head-to-toe plaid and prints, to statement furs in bold colours and gender-bending tailoring. Best thing about it — it’s not even over yet. Here, we present the Top 10 trends to emerge so far from the Parisian runways:

Bustier: Bare shoulders might not be something one would expect to see on a fall/winter runway, but then again, being unexpected is what design houses such as Dior, Balenciaga and Stella McCartney strive for.

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images; Christophe Ena/AP Photo
Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images; Christophe Ena/AP PhotoBustiers featured prominently in a number of collections, notably Stella McCartney's fall/winter show.

Raf Simons sent silk bustiers down the Dior runway as tops of dresses and as tops with skirts. Alexander Wang livened things up on the Balenciaga runway with a younger design, a black bustier-top jumpsuit, suitable for both mom and daughter. Stella McCartney also followed this black strapless trend with a number of black bandeau-top cocktail dresses but changed things up by throwing a strapless pinstripe day dress into the mix. Miuccia Prada put her own spin on the shoulder-baring look for her Miu Miu collection with fun strapless parka mini-dresses, one in blue and the other in bright orange, over long ankle-length pleated skirts.

Plaid: Plaid has always been a staple of fall fashion and this season is no exception. Every design house, from Celine to Marc Jacobs, is showing big plaid patterns paired with even bigger plaid patterns. Want a plaid-on-plaid suit? Marc Jacobs has you covered. Head-to-toe plaid ensembles were also shown on the Stella McCartney and Celine runways. Both lines included oversized plaid coats and jackets.

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Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images; Pascal Le Segretain/Getty ImagesPlaid popped up during the Celine, left, and Louis Vuitton shows at Paris Fashion Week.

While Stella McCartney’s oversized checks were shown on wool, Celine took the look to another level by doing plaid on shiny plastic (similar to grocery bag) material. Even Saint Laurent hopped on the oversized plaid wagon by showing a number of grungy plaid flannel shirts.

Cocoon coats: In the 1960s, oversized cocoon-shoulder coats were all the rage. Thanks to Chanel, Balenciaga and Celine (plus many others), the rounded-out bubble coat is back for a new generation of statement-makers. Peppered in among Lagerfeld’s staple wool Chanel jacket were a few of these puffy coats, the most eye-catching being a shiny black crocodile patterned version in patent leather.

Balenciaga and Celine also did the cocoon coat. While Balenciaga stayed safe with gray and black wool, Celine showed the statement cocoon in neutrals and bold blue wool and also did another version in the plastic plaid material. Michael Kors stayed as authentic as possible to the original 1960s design by sending out a royal blue round-shouldered coat with black leather panel detail.

Fur accents: As unfortunate as it may be for animal-rights activists, fur trims and accessories continue to stand out on the Paris runways. Giambattista Valli was all about the luxurious detail of fur this season. Almost every other garment was trimmed with black fur, from sleeves to collars to a black fur dress with black organza detailing. Karl Lagerfeld also put forward his love for pelts by accessorizing the Chanel models with fur hat in pale pink, sea foam, bright red and blue colours.

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Pierre Verdy/AFP/Getty ImagesFur made appearances on runways in Paris in accents, capes and full coats. These two examples are from the Jitrois show.

Fur capes and coats were also very important this season. Valentino did several thigh-length fur numbers in white, blood red and black a la King Henry VIII. Givenchy put a dramatic 60s spin on the leather jacket by sending black fur-cover biker styles down the catwalk. And as always, the fur collar is back and this season it’s bigger than ever. Jean Paul Gaultier trimmed their coats with large, long-haired fur collars but nothing compared to the oversized collar on the Emmanuel Ungaro runway. The fur trim of the coats were so large, they could be mistaken for shawls. Prada also took full advantage of fur this season by sending full-length fur coats with large black astrakhan collars down the Miu Miu runway.

Polka dots: If the never-ending flood of loud plaid wasn’t enough for you, have no fear: polka dots are here. Emmanuel Ungaro’s fall/winter 2013 collection was as loud and bold as possible all because of the designer’s use and mixture of patterns, especially black and white polka dots. Ungaro took colour blocking to the next level by putting polka dot and leopard patterns into the mix.

The French designer showed several spotted garments such as polka dot blouses, trousers and dresses. The Chloe runways also had it’s speckle on with two tulle, multi-layered ballerina skirts, the first in black with black spots and the second in white with white spots.

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Jacques Brinon/AP PhotoPink and polka dots popped up on the Miu Miu runway in Paris this week. Sometimes even on the same piece!

Pretty in Pink: Every fall fashion season is the same. Neutrals, grays, and muted shades take over the runway but there is always one vibrant colour that pushes through the somber tones. This season that colour is pink. Givenchy accessorized their models in pink swimming caps, while Italian designer Giambattista Valli donned one of his in a pale pink short-sleeved fur coat that fell just below the knee.

Karl Lagerfeld made sure to keep the pink trend going in this season’s Chanel collection with an oversized 60s-inspired coat and skirt ensemble while Celine played with pale pink wool to create yet another ’60s look, a girly collarless cocoon-shouldered coat.

Man suits: Once again Stella McCartney has managed to single-handedly create the biggest fashion statement of the season — mannish suits. The British designer known for the minimalism and androgyny of her designs has managed to blend mens’ and womens’ tailoring in her fall/winter collection that has never been seen before.

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Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images; Christophe Ena/AP PhotoStella McCartney's Paris Fashion Week show was all business, right down to masculine-influenced pantsuits.

While most of the pinstripe suits sent down the catwalk look tailored to a woman’s body the oversized aspect of the garments give them a gender-blurring feel. While it is evident that other design house such as Dries Van Noten and Givenchy tried their luck at the female man suit, no one can do better than the master herself — Ms. Stella McCartney.

Floral print: Those who thought florals were reserved for spring must think again. This winter, flowery patterns will be springing up everywhere. While Chanel showed a modern take on a red and pink floral below-the-knee length sheath dress with a 1920s-inspired black band waist, the Valentino collection went old-world with large graphic floral print on black long-sleeve school girl dresses.

The Valentino line also consisted of blue china-pattern floral patterns on white gowns, which transports you to old-world Spain. Vivienne Westwood also did floral prints in a large scale. The 71-year old British designer showed neutral pointed shoulder blazers and a-line dresses with large floral prints in blues, greens and pinks. Marc Jacob also showed floral embroideries in his Louis Vuitton collection by having supermodel Kate Moss marched down the runway in a sheer slip gown with a strategically placed navy floral pattern.

Leather: There has yet to be a season in recent fashion history that has not included the trendy, edgy and chic material we all know and love: leather. Whether it’s panelled, coloured or simply black, leather has definitely managed to continue its rein over fall fashion. There has not been a leather-free runway show this season and no one is complaining. A few styles managed to stand out over others. On the Haider Ackermann runway, leather was layered on more leather.

The French designer had leather pants under leather shorts under a long belted leather jacket. Also in his line were an array of  black leather jackets designed with minimal fronts and pointed shoulders. Vivienne Westwood also took a swing at leather jackets and showed oversized boxy styles in black and brown leather paired with knee-high leather boots. Vanessa Bruno veered away from the common black leather trend and sent out several white leather pieces, the most interesting of which was a white leather pleated a-line skirt.

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Jacques Brinon/AP Photo; Pascal Le Segretain/Getty ImagesBlue, specifically of the navy variety, was showing up across different Paris Fashion Week shows and on different pieces. These two pieces are from Valentino, right, and Miu Miu.

Royal Blue: Another stand-out colour this season is the majestic shade of royal blue. Paired with black, which most would consider a fashion faux-pas, the vibrant colour has fashion critics raving. Kenzo’s fall/winter 2013 collection was riddled with blue aspects, most of which came through in the collection’s pattern-on-pattern blazer and trouser ensembles. A stand out look from the Kenzo runway — the royal blue a-line croc-skin pattern tuxedo jacket.

So many designers threw blue into their line that it’s almost impossible to name them all. French design house Chloe even used the new it-colour in leather and created a unique take on the track-pant. The Vionnet collection was also blue-heavy. Goga Ashkenazi’s debut collection for the design house consisted of a tailored pony-hair coat in the new statement-making colour.

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