Fur and shearling once again took centre stage across all four leading AW17 fashion weeks, with an estimated 67% of collections overall featuring the natural materials. This compares with last year’s AW collections when fur was seen in around 70% of all collections. Fur use is holding up despite pressure from animal rights organisations.
From the oversized 70s throwback coats of Marc Jacobs to the soft longline pieces from Ryan Roche, New York Fashion Week saw 90 of 146 designers (62%) craft beautiful fur pieces. Oscar De La Renta delivered understated elegance with full midnight black fur skirts, whilst Diane Von Furstenberg crafted beautiful Bohemian coats in eye-popping colours.
PRESS RELEASE (16 February - Hong Kong)
—The Hong Kong International Fur & Fashion Fair 16 to 18 February, an annual highlight on the fashion calendar, kicked off today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. An exceptionally all-rounded range of exhibits, ranging from raw materials to fur apparel and accessories were in the limelight. The total exhibition space reached 30,000 square metres to congregate over 210 local and overseas exhibitors from 13 countries and regions, including two national pavilions from Germany and Greece.
The grand occasion opened with the glamorous Fur Gala 2017. Hong Kong has long been regarded as one of the biggest garment exporters in the world, yet many may not realise that this cosmopolitan in South East Asia also is the largest fur exporter and fur trading centre in the world! With decades of experience and expertise in fur production and exports, Hong Kong furriers are today shipping their stylish fur accessories and apparel to over 30 countries around the world, gracing the racks of reputable stores and boutiques in traditional as well as emerging markets.
What types of fur do you sell and what is the main function of your business?
My clients come to see me by appointment to either have their own furs repaired and remodelled or to have a new fur garment created for them. I also create capsule collections of fur accessories for other luxury British brands.
In the Spring I’ll be launching my first retail collection of trans-seasonal jackets and gilets inspired by the Far East called ‘1/1’. Each jacket will be entirely unique and a piece of ‘Wearable Art’. Here’s a sneak preview… more designs will be launched in the Spring 2017.
1/1 Capsule Collection Tokyo Jacket Crane Design
Wearable Art Available Online
When you arrive to Iceland, fresh air slaps you in the face and fills your lungs in such a way that you literally have no other option but to open your eyes and heart and be grateful to be alive.
The Viking spirit prevails through their passion and pride of Sagas, poetry and story- telling. Yes, Vikings were mainly labourers, poets and explorers (you didn’t know that, accept it). Oh! And did I forget to mention they were also quite keen on fur? Icelandic people historically and by choice are strong supporters and wearers of fur such as mink (in this particular case, also farmers), fox, coyote and beaver. Really any type of fur! I just mentioned these examples, as they are more on trend right now among the Icelandic, hipster population.
Finally NYFW has arrived.
This will be a month dedicated to fashion, starting with NY, continue in London and Milan and ending with haute couture show in Paris. As Fashion Month has just started, we are making a through back to some ”can’t miss” fur creations from last year’s New York Fashion Week fall.
The Opening Ceremony.
The set filled with space-mobiles, they turned out to be part of the Sci-Fi inspirations that included T-shirts sporting designs in a collaboration with Syd Mead, the artist behind the images of the movie Star Trek. Designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have a grip on 21st-century modernism as it segued into futurism. Hence the digital colours, tactile fabrics and an overall sense that tomorrow has arrived. The main theme was further established with an iridescent puff jacket paired with neon orange tron sunglasses, a matching crocodile-stamped velvet jacket and mini skirt styled with over-the-knee-boots in the same pattern.
I have always thought that a connection is a difficult thing to find. You have to be extremely lucky to find a person or a group of people in the same place and time that gets you immediately. No explanation required; in the moment you are together, amazing stuff happens. It was while watching a Grateful Dead
documentary that I started thinking about this word: connection. Creators of a completely different style of music, they were outcasts that found each other and crafted from scratch the original psychedelic movement in a world that didn’t seem to understand them. Against all odds they succeeded and enchanted the world with their approach to music and life.
This might be the case this year. REMIX 2017
bonds young talents that come from different parts of the planet and still (magically and unexpectedly) have a connection. Together, they will prove what love for fur
and fashion can do.
I HEART FUR.
This Valentine’s Day, all you need is love. A little fur wouldn’t be too bad either. Tag us in one of the best mediums to convey emotion - photography. Use the hashtag #iheartfur and enter to win one of three prizes like this Liska mink teddy bear.
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and tag @wearefur
in an image describing your feelings toward fur.
10 young designers from around the globe have been shortlisted to the REMIX design competition final in Milan. The final judging and winners will be announced at the REMIX final on Friday 24th February during the international fashion week - and the new Uno Milano luxury fashion fair.
• Melisa Victoria Higa
• Iris Alibali
• Yung Xue Song
• Morten Ussing
• Nicolas Lecourt Mansion
• Ólöf Sigríður Jóhannsdóttir
• Lim Jaeheon
• Aigul Asadullina
• Jeremy Gaillard
• Maria Vorobiova
Seals have been politicised for decades now.
No matter where you stand on the hunt, there’s no debating the fact that the high profile campaigns of the 70s and 80s, by for-profit groups like Greenpeace and the IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare), did very serious damage to the industry, and with it, the families and communities that depend on it.
It was during those times, with the United States introduction of the Marine Mammal Protection Act in 1972, and resulting collapse of the seal market, that Inuk journalist Ossie Michelin
tells me his stepfather saw a grown man cry.
“An old Inuk sealer had come to the wharf in Rigolet to sell his pelts, and was informed that new regulations were now in place, and there was no more market for seal pelts. He realised at that moment he could no longer feed his family, and would have to leave his home and get a job in Goose Bay. He had lost everything, and he cried.”
Don't mind that violent extremist to your left threatening everyone in the store.
The latest tactic from animal rights activists equates the use of coyote to dog fur.
"STOP WEARING MY DOG!" - the animal rights activists scream.
The protests started with the opening of the brick and mortar store in SoHo, New York City in November 2016. I saw footage online with activists inside the stores picketing sales of coats to customers. How illegal is that? Please don't harass me at the register.
Canada Goose rightfully defends its use of down, calling it “the world’s best insulator.”
The second issue of FrontRow Magazine is out for distribution.
Editor Carlotta Pellizzari introduces the Fall Winter 2016 edition with a quick summary.
She goes on to discuss the cover story about Fendi - the profile behind the brand, an interview with Pietro Beccari, Fendi CEO discussing the immensely successful show at the Trevi Fountain in Rome.
NAFA's Vision 2020 is introduced as an "ambitious four-year plan of fur certification and traceability, which has been introduced as part of the company's Corporate and Social Responsibility Initiative".
Animal rights activists have been banned from protesting outside fur shops in Germany in the run up to Christmas.
In a major blow to their planned campaign of harassment and intimidation, a judge has ruled they must allow shoppers the space and freedom to purchase fur without fear.
The well-known Bogner fashion house
was granted the injunction against Deutsches Tierschutzburo
, an anti-fur group.
One of the arguments I hear over and over again is that fur is wrong because we are killing animals “for fashion”. Fur’s main purpose is not for fashion and I think it is time to set the record straight about why the majority of us wear fur...
When someone buys something to be fashionable, it is usually an item of clothing – or an accessory – whose life-cycle as a fashionable product is relatively short. That print, silhouette, or shape that is considered fashionable today is probably not going to be so next season or next year. On the other hand, classic clothing could be considered as wardrobe staples that do not follow trends and can be worn for many years. Would you not consider fur to fit into the latter?
The Fashion Committee Spanish Fur Association
, formed by the furriers Myriam Buenaventura, Miguel Marinero
and Arturo Aguado
, and expert journalist in Fashion Clara Courel
and consultant in Fashion and Lifestyle David March
, have selected three students Fashion design who will represent Spain in the edition of the Remix 2017 Awards, which will take place next February in Milan with a catwalk show of the collections of the 10 finalists chosen by the international Jury.
On November 10th 2016, the Russian Fur Union, with the support of the International Fur Federation (IFF) held the 3rd international young designers competition Eurasia REMIX at Palace Suzora in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
After much discussion, the panel managed to name the top three designers of this year’s competition. The first prize went to Burak Dahan from Turkey
who has won the opportunity to take part in an internship at the NAFA design studio in Canada.
Second and third places went to Yerhat Maksutov from Kazakhstan and Liliya Nigmatyanova of Uzbekistan
. Both these designers have been awarded internships at the design studios of Saga Furs (Finland) and Kopenhagen Fur (Denmark) respectively.