In the winter collections, designers were looking to nature for inspiration in their clothing and accessories, which is currently reflected in the materials and patterns that have permeated into the high street styles. Bold animal prints can be found adorning bags, scarves and gloves and the use of fur in abundance to line, accentuate, finish and garnish garments.
The fur trade has seen an insurgence with the number of designers using fur to add that extra luxury to their pieces. So has the style caught on, that you can even buy cuffs and collars separately to adorn your outerwear.
There are a vast range of fur accessories that were shown in the collections for this season including bags. Dolce & Gabbana produced a selection of broadtail and leather bags with dyed fox flap, while Emilio Pucci worked with karakul on shoulder bags and added mink tails. The distinctive check of Louis Vuitton still shone through with a luscious black and grey fox satchel with large leather handle with other diverse bag examples coming from Barbara Bui with her Mongolian lamb handbag clutch.
Hats came in all shapes and sizes with Caroline Charles favouring rabbit hat for her stencilled animal print & jet black Beafeater-style creations, lamb and mink earmuffs plus a natural beaver trapper hat. Anna Sui added her touch to a range of trapper hats lined with fox or lamb and berets were given a fresh new look in sheared beaver by Diane Von Furstenberg. Vivienne Westwood presented vintage styles with oversized Zhivago Pill Box hats while Jean-Paul Gaultiers wide collection of avant-garde head warmers included styles such as a dyed black lamb and embroidered silk Georgian, fox Masai trappers with some adorned with embroidered ear flaps, feather pirate hat with dyed fox pom-poms, knitted rabbit hats with fox trims, red cross fox slouch, rabbit babushka, a jewelled warrior crown with fox trim and a range of mink, fox or lamb trim hoodies. Another high colour display came from Chris Benz, matching apple greens, mushrooms and purples through trapper hats and gloves in fox.
Scarves and snoods received the most attention out of the accessories with designs that are sure to go forth and multiply from Carolina Herreras embroidered mohair scarf with fox trim and her chocolate fisher scarf to Dries Van Notens range of bold leopard print mink scarves. Italian fashion house Etro, supplied alternative offerings with their audacious fox tail trimmed scarves and Amanda Wakeley provided fuller shape fox wraps. Brian Reyes led by the hand with his daringly different take on gloves with oversized chevron fox mittens in black or green, and Antonio Marras showed a range of different fur trimmed leather gloves, including elbow length, trimmed in dyed Toscana lamb.
The extensive Cavalli collection from Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, contained fox trimmed scarves and sleeves and dyed mink tail scarves, along with a selection of messenger bags tailored from fox or Tuscan lamb. While King of the fur accessories in the Autumn/Winter collections proved to be Kenzo, with a penchant for fox with trims, bags, fringes, hems, elongated dickies, shearling shoes and collars finishing a variety of styles and demonstrating that fur fashion is well and truly back.
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fur trade associations and organisations. IFTF is working for conservation welfare and promoting fur fashion