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One of our final Fur Futures bursary which was granted to Hong Kong designer Lam Wing Sum. Lam had only been introduced to fur design only a few months before the REMIX applications opened thanks to a course hosted by the Hong Kong Fur Federation (HKFF). From then on, Lam has excelled in discovering a variety of techniques and wanted to explore further in her designs which is why she applied for a bursary to complete her application.   Below is the designer's blog entry...
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Hungarian designer Abigail Wirth has had an extraordinary start to her career in fur fashion. With less than 6 months of learning about the industry, Abigail could already envisage designs and creative paths on how fur can portray modern day issues. Abigail went on to apply for the 2018 REMIX Design Competition where a Fur Futures bursary assisted in Abigail's completed work which resulted in her being awarded the Bronze Award. In addition to the award, her three pieces were included in an feature in...
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An ethical and green approach was the constant thread of the 2018 edition - the fifteenth - of REMIX, the international contest for young, fashion & fur design talents organised by the International Fur Federation (IFF) with the support of Vogue Talents. At the end of Milan's Fashion Week, Palazzo Barozzi hosted the prize-giving event and runway show featuring the international designers - selected from over 100 applications - who favoured recycled materials, eco-friendly dyes and fur that has been certified in its traceability. "Fur...
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Our  bursary program has seen applications come from all sectors for an array of opportunities. The REMIX Design Competition is a prime example of how we want to help support the new generation in opportunities. Angel Tran is a designer whose pieces were chosen by Vogue Talents to partake in the 2018 REMIX event in Milan last February. To ensure his garments were completed, Angel applied for a bursary where we were more than happy to oblige to. Below is Angel's story on creating his...
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The AW18 catwalks shows were a blockbuster of big colours and statements from all four major fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris. Fur was of course present at these weeks and we have crafted up our review on the fashion weeks and the best fur pieces on display during the past couple months.   New York:   A city that is fit to kick off the official fashion month, New York offered an eclectic and varied range of inspirations and certainly no...
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ALEXQUISITE, is the creative brand and brainchild of Greek designer and Fur Future member Alexandros Kotoulas. Alex applied for a bursary to help fund and explore new tryouts on fur accessories. Here, Alex explains the skill required to complete his new fur creations funded by the Fur Futures programme   ALEXQUISITE fur bags encapsulate the highest in craftsmanship, quality and design, all made in Greece by artisanal independent workshops. resulting in a piece that you will never stop caressing!   As you can see in...
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Our Fur Futures programme gives fashion students the opportunity to explore more into the fur industry and with that presenting themselves with new creative ideas for their designs.   One of our initiatives is our bursary scheme where we award designers extra financial support to Fur Future members to help them buy materials/ atend trade events.   Marta Horovitz is a Fur Futures member who has attended many programmes including the 2017 Fur Summer School in Kastoria. She applied for a bursary to help her...
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Over the past couple of months, we have shared a number of fashion bloggers who have showed off their collection of furs. This week we wrap up warm with blogger Zorannah Jovanovic who takes us to Serbia where she also shares her views on our FUR NOW campaign.       Good morning guys! Last week I was in Belgrade for 3 days to finish something and I was with my photographer Marija so we decided to take outfit photos - blast from the past....
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With less than 1 month until the 2018 REMIX Design Competition, we take a look at designer Nicolas Lecourt Mansion, who claimed the Bronze Award last year. Nicolas describes to us his creative visions and what his experience of being a REMIX finalist has created in his young career so far.   When did you first get into fashion and why?   I can’t remember the exact date when I started having a special interest in fashion, but I know it was really early. I...
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Fashion blogger and photographer Nicoletta Reggio is a globetrotter who certainly knows a thing or two about fashion. In her latest blog, Nicoletta took a trip to the beautiful Turin while also telling us what she thinks about our latest FUR NOW campaign. I could not wait to return to the city with the most beautiful, lively centre ever. Turin. I spent a Sunday morning wandering the streets of Turin, a hot cappuccino in front of the beautiful Piazza Vittorio and then the exhibition of...
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Christmas may have been and gone but we still have plenty to share with you from our furry fashionistas!! This week Barbora Ondrackova @fashioninmysoul manages to fit in a bit of skating in her amazing Stephane Rolland fur coat in Dresden, Germany. Check out the images below and also Barbora's take on our FUR NOW campaign. Enjoy!   With Christmas around the corner, I am starting to feel more and more festive. I have been to the Christmas markets in Prague and Dresden, I decorated the...
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With the continued success of our FUR NOW 2017 campaign, we wanted to implement fur fashion to the wider audience and in particular within social media.That is why, with support from Fur Europe, we managed to get hold of four of the most fashion savvy bloggers on social media. This week we have the pleasure of Caroline A.K.A Pardon My Obsession to share with us a brief insight into one of her lavish days in Paris.       Hey you guys, it’s almost Christmas,...
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As we approach REMIX 2018, we wanted to showcase some of our recent success stories from the past few years of the REMIX Design Competition to present the opportunities available for potential applicants looking to participate in future shows. We have seen past finalists who participated in recent years go on to work for labels such as Dolce & Gabbana and also see their own brand present in the international fashion weeks. This week we take a look at our 2016 REMIX Bronze Winner Edda...
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As we approach REMIX 2018, we wanted to showcase some of our recent success stories from the past few years of the REMIX Design Competition to present the opportunities available for potential applicants looking to participate in future shows. We have seen past finalists who participated in recent years go on to work for labels such as Dolce & Gabbana and also see their own brand present in the international fashion weeks. This week we take a look at our 2017 REMIX Gold Prize winner...
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The younger generations are becoming increasingly vocal and daring with their outlook on all areas of life, and fashion is no exception.   The booming popularity of streetwear with young people – epitomized by the dominating influences of brands such as Vetements and Balenciaga – shows that a desire to test, resist and push the boundaries of design continues to thrive. When it comes to fur, the sheer versatility of the fabric’s usage testifies to how conventional boundaries are being pushed to the sidelines.  ...
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As we approach REMIX 2018, we wanted to showcase some of our recent success stories from the past few years of the REMIX Design Competition to present the opportunities available for potential applicants looking to participate in future shows. We have seen past finalists who participated in recent years go on to work for labels such as Dolce & Gabbana and also see their own brand present in the international fashion weeks.   When did you first get into fashion and why? I started off...
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Cold winter months might be a daunting prospect for some, but not for fur lovers. The more the temperature drops, the more the fur coat that has been hiding in the back of your wardrobe is begging to be worn.   Though fur is becoming increasingly versatile across the seasons, it goes without saying that fur feels most at home in Winter. Not only that, but there is simply no other material as naturally insulating – and of course stylish – as fur when it...
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The hit TV show Empire has entered its fourth season after enjoying tremendous success since it first aired in 2015. In the show, a hip-hop mogul must choose a successor among his three sons, each of whom are battling for control over his, you guessed it, empire. For many, the true star of the show is Cookie Lyon, the scheming ex-wife who is determined to reclaim what's hers. But for us, the shining stars of the show are the furs that Cookie wears. When it...
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As we approach REMIX 2018, we wanted to showcase some of our recent success stories from the past few years of the REMIX Design Competition to present the opportunities available for potential applicants looking to participate in future shows. We have seen past finalists who participated in recent years go on to work for labels such as Dolce & Gabbana and also see their own brand present in the international fashion weeks. This week we take a look at 2015 finalist Nicolas Martin Garcia who...
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Fur is leading the way on sustainability, serving as the ideal material to combat the more wasteful aspects of fashion that have been on the rise over the past few years. The ways in which we consume fashion have changed radically. Online shopping has become the main rival to the high street, the number of collections being squeezed into one year continues to increase and the time between design and final production continues to shrink. This has come to be known as fast fashion. Clothing...
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It used to be the case then when it came to fur in fashion, you would think of bulky coats and perhaps the occasional pair of daring earmuffs. Nowadays however, due to the continuing technical and creative innovation of fashion designers, fur is being made increasingly available in a variety of forms.   Of course, you wouldn’t have expected to see big fur pieces in the form of coats or jackets in the recent Spring Summer catwalks. But major brands continued to incorporate the material...
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The Spring Summer Collection Fashion Weeks has come to a close with Paris signing off in the most Parisian way possible, its elegance and utopian sets certainly gave the fashion week season a send off it truly deserved. We went through the Paris shows to give you our quick round up on the best looks from the French capital and of course the furs that hit the catwalk. Dior Maria Grazia Chiuri crafted a story of female empowerment and youthful eccentricity on the runway addressing...
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With fake fur, comes fake claims: claims to sustainability, to ethical consumption, to environmental responsibility. These claims couldn’t be further from the truth, which is that real fur is the material that continues to be one of the most natural and sustainable materials in the fashion world. This is a truth to which the International Fur Federation fully commits, by promoting the healthy and green uses of fur throughout all aspects of the supply chain, and by continuously seeking new ways to improve the environmental...
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It was the fashion capital’s turn to showcase its Spring Summer collections and Milan certainly did not disappoint. The Italian city provided us an exploration of both the past and the future. Here is our quick recap on what you might have missed. Gucci There are few brands out there that can open a fashion week quite like Gucci. Its creative mastermind Alessandro Michele launched the week with a mixture of past and future elements gracing the illuminated purple runway that added an extra pop...
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From animalistic animal rights activists to uninformed celebrity rhetoric, people might assume that the promotion of fur just involves fighting on the defensive. But this is not the case. In fact, the hundreds of years of craftsmanship that have made fur one of the most supreme materials today are not a thing of a past: we are still living in them now. The fur industry is passionate about inspiring the next generation to innovate and create with fur, as demonstrated by a range of initiatives...
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Lucy Watson made a name for herself by starring on the hit reality TV show Made in Chelsea. Now - years after leaving the show - she has re-taken a position in front of the camera lens, only this time, it’s for an animal rights group named Surge. Heard of them? Neither had we. With a mere eight thousand likes on their Facebook page, Surge claims to approach animal rights activism “through well-orchestrated demonstrations, outreach events, stunts, films and online campaigns with a focus on...
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The Visionaries Denmark: The Furrier “The person that is marked by foresight and imagination.” The crowds often think that visionaries have turned their backs on them. But, in fact, the visionaries have turned their faces to the future in search of better things to come. They share the light with others and teach us how to dream. In this collection, we have had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the crafters, designers and people from the fur trade that continue to innovate...
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On Sep 2nd, 2017, the Chinese fur brand "LIU DU" collaborated with Danish designer Morten Ussing to launch a new collection named Return to true self. The event was held at the Peninsula Beijing Hotel, as an extraordinary landmark, it houses over 30 world famous luxury brands, such as Chanel, Versace, Bulgari, Dolce & Gabbana, and more. The Asian flagship store of LIU DU was also here. Many celebrities were present the event, including Ms. Tao Hong, the famous international actress. Morten Ussing, graduated from...
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The recent Louis Vuitton X Supreme collaboration, as well as the infamous ‘Balenciaga IKEA’ bag (featured below), is an example of fashion re-contextualising the everyday and the ‘street’ with couture execution. Both come with hefty price tags, but they also share the goal of proving that fashion can be aesthetically accessible to all, and that the gap between high and low styles can be bridged. Source: Evening Standard Inuit Family: Image Source Fur should be thought of in the same way: it is not a...
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Rewind to the end of the eighteenth century and you’ll come across a historical phenomenon known as the Great Male Renunciation. This saw menswear turn its back to brilliant and refined forms, leaving the fashion of adornment and beauty to women’s wear. The post-Renunciation era of style that we live in has made it difficult for fur to keep a popular hold of men’s fashion in the same way that it has of women’s. In 2015, only 5% of fur clothing sold in the US...
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Clutching a baby kangaroo and wearing a faux-fur coat, the world’s highest paid supermodel Gisele Bündchen will appear on the cover of next month’s Vogue Paris. The edition is dedicated to eco fashion and promoting fake fur. That’s right, the magazine that put Luna Bijl in Gucci’s pink fox fur on last August’s cover is going faux. The publicity will no doubt inject a bit of much-needed glamour into the anti-fur effort. But in this case, glamour means something very different from an accurate message...
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If Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow knows anything, it’s that winter is coming. He’s got an impressive wardrobe of fur cloaks, coats and garments to prove it, and isn’t the only one to have flashed a striking piece of fur from time to time on our screens. Some of our favourite characters in television and film have been wrapping up for years, ranging from Miranda Priestly’s knee-length red fur coat in The Devil Wears Prada, to the knit fur wrap Carrie Bradshaw wears in Sex...
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“Haute Couture is a mass of whispered secrets. Rare are those who have the privilege of passing them on”. – Yves Saint Laurent If there was going to be one show to close Paris Couture week, it was most certainly going to be Fendi’s Haute Furrore showpiece. One year after walking on water in Rome, Karl Lagerfeld returned to Paris with a high fur collection with wonderful garden tunes. The Italian brand’s collection paid tribute to nature and the world of flowers. Lagerfeld certainly didn’t...
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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....
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Summary of Designers Exhibiting at the 2017 HKFF. Click above to see the slideshow. (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...
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Ninx Flanagan, Furrier and Owner Bewitched Ltd. Facebook: facebook.com/bewitched.couture Instagram: @bewitched_couture Online shop: www.bewitchedltd.com Location: Workshop and Show room in Wiltshire, West of London.   Hello Ninx: It’s a pleasure to interview you for We Are Fur. Hi, thank you for asking me. How did you get into the fur industry? I always loved fur and have fond memories of my parents going to dinner parties and taking my sister and I, when we were very little, in sleeping bags and laying us down with...
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Riccardo Tisci, exited the French fashion house Givenchy in January 2017 after a 12 year tenure in which he revitalised the brand after the 1995 retirement of founder Hubert de Givenchy .Tisci’s departure was revealed in an exclusive story covered by WWD. His last collections for Givenchy include fall men’s and spring couture exhibited at the National Library of France in Paris on Jan 20. Givenchy is coordinating the production of Tisci’s custom designs for a roster of celebs to appear at the Grammy Awards...
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13 January Ermenegildo Zegna: Milan’s Fashion Week Menswear started with a surfeit of examples of the new trends for this FW17. The fashionistas continued to see athleisure attires and beautiful outfits that mixed cropped pants and fitted sweaters for FW17 as seen on the runways at Ports 1961 with their heavily embellished sweatshirt and Ermenegildo Zegna with its stitched padded jacket. The brand’s first ever overall artistic director, Alessandro Sartori, established a whole collection based on the continuing casualization of menswear. Sartori’s visual declaration to the...
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08 January Grace Wales Bonner: Directly from the South-East of London, Wales Bonner pursued to turn the average into something astonishing with street-wear raised to new and exhilarating apices.   Wales talked about the sentiment behind this collection and this emotion could be felt in every aspect of the show: the inspiring display of clothes, the miscellany of those who walked in this new story that talks about a young generation full of variations, backgrounds and cultures from all around the world. In a choreographic...
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06 January 2017 Bobby Abley: Securely established and straightaway recognisable the unstoppable force of the Bobby Abley show continued to surprise us with its inimitable charm, waggishness and humour, blending yearning and light-hearted imagery with a contemporary menswear design. Pop culture (splashing Disney cartoon characters, Louis Vuitton-style logos and Muppet-like fur), a favourite theme of Bobby Abley’s inspiration has given way this catwalk to a memory that affected his childhood and those of his generation: the kids action cartoon Mighty Morphing Power Rangers, from 1993....
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Hong Kong – the world’s largest fur exporter and fur trade centre Hong Kong has long been known as one of the biggest garment exporters in the world, yet many may not realise that this cosmopolitan in South East Asia also claims the globe’s largest fur exporter and fur trading centre! With decades of experience and expertise in fur production and exports, Hong Kong furriers are today shipping their stylish fur accessories and apparel to different corners in the world, gracing the racks of reputable...
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The Bear: —From Pliny the Elder [1st century CE] (Natural History, Book 8, 54):   “Bears mate at the beginning of winter, after which the male and female retire to separate caves. The cubs are born thirty days later, in a litter of no more than five. Newborn cubs are a shapeless lump of white flesh, with no eyes or hair, though the claws are visible. The mother bear gradually licks her cubs into their proper shape, and keeps them warm by hugging them to...
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“Listen to the voice of nature, for it holds treasures for you.” - Native North American Saying.   Called “the accessory of the season” by The Observer, Nina Cheng’s beautiful fur smartphone cases have brought back to the paths of the trendsetters and fashionistas the tradition and craftsmanship of our industry.We splash out hundreds of pounds on a new smartphone, it would be wild not to spend a little more in order to make sure it doesn’t get scratched or broken. But Chen’s work goes...
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Attention shoppers! 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 THAT DOG!" They 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...
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The Salamander: —From Isidore of Seville [7th century CE] (Etymologies, Book 12, 4:36):   “The salamander alone of animals puts out fires; it can live in fire without pain and without being burned. Of all the venomous animals its strength is the greatest because it kills many at once. If it crawls into a tree it poisons all of the fruit, and anyone who eats the fruit will die; if it falls in a well it poisons the water so that any who drink it...
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The Unicorn: —From Isidore of Seville [7th century CE] (Etymologies, Book 12, 2:12-13):   “The unicorn is fierce, strong and swift, and no hunter can catch it. To tame the beast so it can be captured, a virgin girl is placed in its path. The unicorn, seeing the maiden, comes to her and puts its head in her lap and falls asleep. The hunters can then easily capture or kill it.” Shiatzy Chen’s collection for AW16 proved that strength and power also lies on the...
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The second issue of FrontRow Magazine is out for distribution Editor Carlotta Pellizzari introduces the Fall Winter 2016 edition with a quick summary. First, she mentions the collaboration between three luxury designers including Gianfranco Ferré Furs and NAFA that was exhibited at MiFur in Milan. 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...
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The Griffin: —From Bartholomaeus Anglicus [13th century CE] (De proprietatibus rerum, book 18):   “The griffin is a beast with wings, and is four footed: and breedeth in the mountains Hyperborean, and is like to the lion in all the parts of the body, and to the eagle only in the head and wings. And griffins keep the mountains in which be gems and precious stones, and suffer them not to be taken from thence.” The spirit of Britain: the chaos, the passion, the hope,...
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A Message from Alice in Furs on the Canadian Blog Truth About Fur 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. Defined as “A popular or the latest style of clothing, hair, decoration, or behavior” (Oxford Dictionary), fashion is constantly changing. When someone buys something...
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The Turtledove: —From Guillaume le Clerc Bestiaire:   “Now I must tell you of another bird which is courteous and beautiful, and which loves much and is much loved. This is the turtledove. The male and the female are always together in mountain or in desert, and if perchance the female loses her companion never more will she cease to mourn for him, never more will she sit upon green branch or leaf. Nothing in the world can induce her to take another mate, but...
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The Beaver: —From The Aberdeen Bestiary: “In Pontus is a manner kind of beasts, that dwelleth now in land and now in water, and maketh houses and dens arrayed with wonder craft in the brinks of rivers and of waters. For these beasts live together in flocks, and love beasts of the same kind, and come together and cut rods and sticks with their teeth, and bring them home to their dens in a wonder wise, for they lay one of them upright on the...
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The Phoenix: —From The Aberdeen Bestiary: “When its time is come, it enters the covering and dies. From the fluid of its flesh a worm arises and gradually grows to maturity; when the appropriate time has come, it acquires wings to fly, and regains its previous appearance and form. Let this bird teach us, therefore, by its own example to believe in the resurrection of the body; lacking both an example to follow and any sense of reason, it reinvests itself with the very signs...
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"When in doubt, follow the senses of beasts." —F.T. McKinstry Animals had been there from the start, even before Adam was created. So for the educated men and women who studied their form, their characters, and their doings, these little pockets of intelligence running across the face of the earth, swimming in the depths of the ocean, and rising in the heavens, were constantly revealing God’s secrets. This interest began in medieval times. Animals extended from the real relationships that man had with them in...
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There is a new ‘face’ in town this Fall Winter 2016, thanks to Fendi. The brand that brought us the quirky and coveted bag bugs has something new and cute to join your bag collection.The new ‘faces’ collection (Inspired by the millennia generation emojis and emoticons) cleverly uses hardware to create different face motifs on their new colour block bag designs. Complimented by bold colours, they achieve a very graphic appeal and most importantly, looking exceptionally Instagram friendly. And since kitschy is the hot trend now, the more...
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“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” —Edgar Degas In an interview with Ike Ude, Ralph Rucci was asked: “What is fabric to you?” He replied: “It’s life, it’s everything, it’s essential”. He declared himself against synthetic fabrics, as these do not have the qualities that his clothes need to have. He also talked about his concern of the small amount of sources of natural fabrics or materials because of the demand, quantity and price. He still uses “extraordinary synthetic...
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Alexandre Vauthier Starting as an assistant for Thierry Mugler Couture, Alexandre Vauthier later moved on to Jean Paul Gaultier as head designer for eight years. In 2009, he had his first fashion show in Paris. Since then, Christian Louboutin has designed the shoes for his shows. From 2011 to 2014 Vauthier was a guest member of the Chambre syndicale de la haute couture. Since December 2014 he is an official member enabling his fashion house to use the term “haute couture.” Alexandre Vauthier takes camouflage...
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“The voice of beauty speaks softly; it creeps only into the most fully awakened souls.” -Friedrich Nietzsche Psychology describes the term eclectic as the approach that takes formulas and techniques from different theories to create an integrated style. And in some ways, it describes quite accurately Sander Lak’s work. Sander Lak is a theorist; and his theories are based on his personal journey through London’s Central Saint Martins, working for the likes of Marc Jacobs, Phillip Lim and Christophe Decarnin, before taking over as head...
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Haute Couture Fur Francesco Scognamiglio “I knew it was my dream since the beginning,” -said Francesco Scognamiglio of his invitation from the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture to be a guest member and open the Haute Couture week in the Ville Lumière. He illustrates further how his dream began as a 19 year old tailor in Naples transcending him into a present year full of gold thread hand-embroidered rococo, luxury black minks and stoles, and of course naturally strikingly women in beautiful hotels. Francesco...
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MiFur Milan is an annual trade show consisting of 87 Italian exhibitors, 75 foreign exhibitors presenting in four thematic areas while holding a special area for international buyers across the entire supply chain. Buyers came from countries including Russia, Korea, Eastern Europe, Korea, China, America and Europe. The event was held this year on March 2-5, 2016 and is scheduled for February 24-27 2017. The design trend at MiFur leaned toward cashmere, nylon and down fabrics mixed with quality Sable, Lynx, and sheared fur. Fur...
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“In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity.” —Erik Erikson  "It's nice to see a Canadian promoting fur” because for Farley Chatto, Canadian identity is as important as cool-weather style and the different fur types he uses in his collections. They feature luxury furs including mink, fox and chinchilla. And it is the passion for his homeland and his knowledge of fur what made Canadian born Drake, in his last visit to Toronto, to...
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Men's Fur SS17 PARIS Y/Project Y/Project was a catwalk journey back to the 90s. Glenn Marten mixed tuxedos, track pants, denim and flowers in pastel colours with a trip to dub reggae and jammin’ tunes. There was also an unexpected use of materials creating innovative and multi-cultural silhouettes; both tough and dreamy with a touch of cow skin jackets. Louis Vuitton Gentlemen travellers walked down Louis Vuitton catwalk. Maybe fetishist ones, I ought to say, as plenty of them worn leather chokers and padlock necklaces...
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How beautiful maleness is, if it finds its right expression. -D.H. Lawrence LONDON FASHION WEEK The Agi & Sam collection was based on Sam’s personal experiences that proved how man and woman roles have changed throughout the years. Sam’s father was bitten by a cow, got tetanus and was forced to stay home as a house husband. Sam’s mother then went on to work trading roles. A visual version of I Want To Break Free from Freddie Mercury could be the best way of describing...
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She’s cold.    She’s gorgeous.    She’s laying on a glacier.She kicks up her heels, makes eye contact with the camera, and snuggles inside Fendi fur. Her coat is a blend of cool blue and black stripes as well as spots to break up the pattern. It’s a bit shaggy—especially at the top around the collar and nearer to the sleeves. The coat also fits toward the waist showing off her trim waistline. It’s more oversized toward the chest giving her lots of cuddle room. The white...
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“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).” - Mark Twain. Michael Kors Fur Michael Kors said he was looking at an individual style this season. A task difficult to achieve for a brand as large scale as his. Kors was not just feeding us a line when he described the direction of his last Fall-Winter collection as “the inimitable chic of individual style but also a cool and flirty for sophisticated, effortless girls”....
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  Legends and Fairy Tales—a runway show straight out of a storybook. The recently refurbished Fellini-esque Trevi fountain was a majestic host for the magic of Fendi Fur. Karl Lagerfeld introduced folklore into his patternmaking. This approach was based on the work of Danish storybook illustrator Kay Nielsen. More specifically Karl chose East of the Sun and West of the Moon created in 1914 by folklorists Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Engebretsen Moe. The fairytale was based on stories they encountered in their conversations on...
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There is nothing so practical as a good theory. —Kurt Lewin Best known for designing first lady Michelle Obama's inauguration ball gowns in 2009 and 2013, 33 year old Jason Wu is considered as the next-generation designer. He is one of the few willing to openly discuss fur. For him, fur is not a political speech, but just another material, like wool or silk, that is a backdrop for his inventiveness. He allows the practical side of fur; its behaviour and characteristics, to dictate the...
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COACH SS17 Fur “One thing a girl loves more than a bad boy is a self-aware bad boy.” S.A. Tawks, Misadventurous. Biker jackets re- touched with graffiti, studded backpacks and loafers and spray-on leather trousers. Models; undone James Dean quiffs and painted on tattoos, served as a fitting adjunct to Vevers’ American dream. All of them served as the groundwork in a show in which the Doncaster designer repackaged codes synonymous with cult American culture. A sort of “boys gone wild” kind of labelling for the...
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Kopenhagen Fur Sneakers The furrier has collaborated on some successfully selling sneakers in the past. In London Graduate Fashion week, they exhibited their most daring creation as of yet. Kopenhagen Fur has teamed up with Lenovo and the China Academy of Art to produce a highly sophisticated pair of sneakers. The first of it’s kind, pairs high quality fur for excellent comfort with the technology to monitor your health. They are capable of counting steps, reporting data into a cloud through a unique app, as...
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“Fashion has to reflect who you are, what you feel at the moment, and where you’re going.” — Pharrell Williams Grace has had a meteoric rise in the fashion world through her gender-fluid collections that are rich in narrative while exploring ideas surrounding black male sexuality and identity. Her work is characterised by the exploration of how blackness is perceived. This seems to be a driving force behind Grace Wales Bonner’s collections. Her BA collection was Kerry James Marshall and ‘70s era Blaxploitation, specifically Melvin Van...
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Sally La Pointe: We continue our review of the recent Resort 2017 shows with Sally La Pointe's show at her Chinatown studio. While we appreciate the trend in collections presentations that is moving towards the buy now-wear now fashion model, we also appreciate season-less dressing altogether. Today’s modern woman has one closet and it rotates around the clock, around the year, and cycles in a few trend pieces to keep it fresh. What Sally LaPointe does so well is to create timeless pieces with mix...
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'Vain trifles as they seem, clothes have, they say, more important offices than to merely keep us warm. They change our view of the world and the world's view of us.' —Virginia Woolf JW Anderson Fur History and the world itself present themselves in quite a repetitive pattern. What changes our perception and feelings towards them is how we remember and portray them in our minds. And this is how fashion becomes such a human way of representation. It is a story describing our times...
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With all of the big-name brands getting their cruise shows underway, we’d be remiss not to start trend forecasting and give our readers the lowdown on which styles to start seeking for the ultimate resort wardrobe. So, what’s on the docket for this year’s summer trends, as told by the most influential names in the fashion industry? We take a look at our favourite Resort 2017 shows over the last few weeks. Louis Vuitton: There was only one place to start and that was in...
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Due in Mid June, Fendi’s publication of Roma traces its origins as a small furrier and boutique in Rome to an international luxury fur frontrunner. Fendi’s roots trace back to 1925 from founder Edoardo and Adele Fendi continuing in operation as a family business for over 90 years. Silvia Venturini Fendi, current third generation creative director of accessories and menswear, says, “We are nearly ninety, we are very traditional, but we have a great sense of humor.” Since 1965, Karl Lagerfeld has been creative director...
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Jarret, a rising Korean label incorporates an asymmetric relationship between professionalism and the arts. Ji Youn Lee's cuts are contemporary with ragged edge stitches, sleeves that are longer than the arm, and furs bulging over slim figured models. Lee’s use of fur is simple almost as an accessory to the garment. In many looks for both New York and Seoul F/W 2016 fur is either used as patchwork, as misshaped sleeves, or in oversized stoles. North American Fur Auction published an article about their work...
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This year Alfredo presents the Fall/Winter 2016-2017 collection using fur throughout his designs. He accessorises many dresses with fur stoles as well as incorporating mink into midi dresses. He shows an absolutely over the top shaggy gold fur coat. Alfredo Martinez Fall/Winter is formal, for a woman who takes charge. She wears platform patent leather boots and high heels. She likes dark solid colours especially black, navy blue, cherry, and gold for her dresses as worn separately or in combinations within thick horizontal stripes. His...
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This year Shanghai fashion Week awarded Kopenhagen Fur with the best show for their use of traditional Viking regalia. The show was inspired by the heritage of the designer Jim Lyngvild who traced his roots to Vikings. Complete with swordfights, goblets of wine and a dinner fit for kings, the gladiator models wore gorgeous Nordic furs embellished with skull pendants, gold chains, gauntlets and jewelled crowns. Kopenhagen Fur and Jim Lyngvild paired up for the great event in April 2016. Shanghai Fashion Week is sponsored...
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It’s summer, the weather is warm and fur accents add chic to any girl’s closet. Contrasting patterns, fur pom-poms and a pinch of an era long gone have made Fendi’s Resort collection something to talk about. A bohemian flavour palette creates a down to earth naturalness that just can’t be missed. Karl Lagerfield’s uses of ocean and aegean blue minks in a light throw over jacket are perfect for a summer evening out. Fendi decorates a shorter cut denim style jacket with long collar in...
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Jonathon Akeroyd is departing from Mcqueen – where he worked for 12 years, was revealed earlier this month when it was announced that he would be succeeded by Emmanuel Gintzburger, former retail and wholesale director at Yves Saint Laurent. “Jonathan brings a proven track record in building global brands, steering growth and driving strategic development. Jonathan Akeroyd’s industry expertise and vision will be key to advancing the next phase of Versace’s development,” said Donatella Versace, vice president and artistic director of Versace, in a statement....
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With summer finally about to settle in, the transition of changing your wardrobe from winter clothes to garments that compliment can be a tricky period. Fashion mainly focuses on traditional ‘light’ fabrics such as cotton linen and silk. While you might expect to see fur predominately in autumn/winter collections, spring/summer catwalks have shown an increasing number of fur designs that can be worn in milder temperatures. Designers who have shown warm-weather, friendly fur trends include the likes of Christian Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Maison Margiela...
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Phillip Plein Fur His brazen attitude is reflected on the runway. Is it possible to be brash, somewhat taboo, a bit explicit and somewhat classy all at once? Philipp Plein’s brand goes over the top with some of the latest jackets available for pre-order priced around €87,000. Rumours are that he’s not rich despite the Lamborghini Aventador, the Rolls-Royce Wraith and residences in Cannes, Lugano, and Manhattan. His doctor father gave him a €10,000 loan to build a simple interior design piece betwixt luxury product....
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Fashion Designer Restructuring With the Fall shows completed, the Designer shuffle has begun. Fashion labels seek to refresh their brands with new visions and designers pursue new avenues to flex their creative muscles. Who is moving where and when and what does it all mean? Lanvin: Alber Ebaz - OUT; Bouchra Jarrar - IN For 14 years, Alber Ebaz has brought elegance and sophistication to Lanvin, yet from last October, Ebaz was driven out from the label. A bigger surprise after this news was that...
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Fur Accessories With the blur of AW 2016’s RTW fashion week a distant memory, we can now focus our heads towards Spring and Summer. As we navigate that transition, it is important that we keep our multi-seasonal style on track to sophistication and this year it is all about the accessory. It is the finishing touches that complete an outfit. We will break down the looks to make the minor details the most effective of your outfit. The Original: First of all, you can never...
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Fendi's 90th Birthday The Italian luxury brand Fendi will celebrate its 90th anniversary this year with a fur-heavy Haute Couture show in Rome on July 7th. According to WWD, the house said that this is "the best way to celebrate Fendi's 90-year anniversary, as it expresses our roots and DNA while transmitting daring, creativity and craftsmanship in furs." However, this is not the first time Karl Lagerfeld, the Fendi Creative Director has staged an Haute Couture 'fourrure' show though. The brand celebrated Lagerfeld's 50th anniversary as...
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Fur Shoes The right footwear can make or break any outfit. There are so many questions that rush through your head without a definitive answer like how do you dress up a casual look? How do you safely add colour and prints to a monochromatic look? Questions such as these and so many other reasons gives the impression that shoes are the foundation of any style. In some instances they are the beginning and the ending of a look. The recent AW 16 runways certainly...
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Gucci Ad Campaign While Alessandro Michele’s printed suits and gowns were certainly a highlight of Gucci’s spring 2016 campaign, the ad’s most delightful element was easily the peacocks he hired to commingle with the models.  With a new campaign season rolling around, you might wonder how Michele could possibly top that, or at least evolve it. Well, the answer to this was obviously to include fashion flamingos. For its pre-fall ads, Gucci wrangled a flock of the birds around its scene that was presenting its...
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Fur Fashion Fur and shearling made their mark across all four leading AW16 fashion weeks, with an estimated 70% of collections featuring the natural material overall. Considering that fur was also hugely prominent during the menswear AW16 collections earlier in the year, it is clear that both designers and consumers are enjoying using and wearing natural materials in greater numbers. From the eye-catching coats of BCBGMAXAZRIA and Michael Kors, to the subtle craftsmanship from Carolina Herrera, New York Fashion Week saw 91 of 156 designers...
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Fur Street Style Trendsetters around the globe seem to be embracing fur on the streets. From fluffy fur coats in a rainbow of colours to fur stoles in a variety of styles to the more simple fur collars on coats and jackets, street style is beaming with diversity. Fur coats and jackets are being teamed up with jeans, skirts and dresses - versatility at its best, you’re not limited in any way when you opt for furry outwear. In fact statement outerwear is a trend you...
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Paris Fur Fashion As Paris Fashion Week kicks off we take a look at some of the collections and pick out a few of our favourites. It seems fur is being used in a variety of ways, adding grace, glamour and fun to a number of garments. Anne Sofie Madsen The Anne Sofie Madsen collection portrayed a woman that is streetwise and ladylike, boyish and feminine all at the same time. Stemming from designs that spanned between fanciful fun and a thoughtful intricacy. Rochas The Rochas collection...
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Fur: Milan Fashion Week As Milan Fashion Week comes to an end, we have a round up of some of our favourite designs. Collections varied from military themes to urban themes and to the more elegant and classy. Milan has showed us some great garments, a lot of which used fur in innovative ways. Ermanno Scervino The Ermanno Scervino collection took a new turn this year with its masculine elements, resulting in a modern and sleek feel. Military style coats were embellished with fur and colour...
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Fendi Fur Milan Fashion Week The Fendi show on day 2 of Milan Fashion Week Fall 2016 opened with Kendall Jenner in a fit and flare style coat, embellished with colourful fur. Featuring ¾ sleeves, allowing a peek of the embellished ensemble beneath. A Fendi fur filled occasion it was as Fendi did not disappoint on the creativity front. We saw sophistication and quirkiness all in one collection. The collection made great use of ruffles and waves. From thigh-high boots with ruffles decorating the top...
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Milan Fashion Week Fall 2016 As Milan fashion week kicks off we take a look at some of the collections and pick out a few of our favourites for you to check out and yes designers are using fur! Designers using Fur in their Collections Roberto Cavalli The Roberto Cavalli collection portrayed the 70s style and embraced the ‘’more is more’’ attitude. With what came across as a bohemian and Pagan inspiration the collection was a piece of art. Embellished denim, long scarves and flared...
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Gucci Fur Gucci certainly like to put on a show, even before the first model walked out there was already drama. Prior to the event on the day, phones were buzzing endlessly with e-mails confirming that the show will be running at least an hour late. We presume that this was due to an important power luncheon that consisted of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Milanese Mayor Giuliano Pisapia running over. The irony of the meeting was supposedly done to kick off Milan fashion...
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Fur in London Fashion Week The last few days of London Fashion Week showed us an array of designs, varying from the more sophisticated to the more playful. Designers have incorporated fur into their collections, using different techniques and materials to create exciting pieces. AF Vandervorst The AF Vandervorst collection is one that never fails to surprise and this year they presented one of the most unpredictable and quirky designs on the catwalk. The use of edgy accessories and the eccentric portrayal of the models...
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Fashion Week 2016 London fashion week brings with it that "anything can happen" ambiance. The first three days have already shown us impeccable levels of creativity and precision. Fur has been used in a number of innovative ways in many collections and below are some of our favourites from the past few days. Eudon Choi Eudon Choi’s collection portrayed perfect silhouettes, from ankle slit trousers to blouses. Choi’s use of footwear for his collection was particularly distinctive, models were donning carmel coloured shoes with fur...
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Days 5, 6 and 7 of New York Fashion week 2016 brought a sense of allure, grace and fun to the catwalk. Looks ranged from prim and polite to bold and dramatic. Fur was the perfect ally on the runway as its rich texture and visual appeal gave designers the perfect artistic medium to sharpen their message. Carolina Herrera Carolina Herrera's collection was an array of fragile fabrics in soft colours, making the garments even more admired. Her designs had an otherworldly eminence that almost made...
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Each year New York Fashion Week falls over Valentine’s Day and as the day to celebrate love, it makes perfect sense to honour fashion. On days 3 and 4 of New York Fashion Week 2016 we saw designers being more experimental and innovative with fur.  More chances were taken with juxtapositions of materials, there was an integration of bold and surprising embellishments and different fur types were mixed to create interesting textures. Here are some of our favourite designers that were innovative with fur over the...
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New York Fashion Week, or NYFW Fall 2016- Winter 2017 as it’s now affectionately referred to, kicked off amidst in-depth conversations about the future of the fashion show concept.  The impact of social media and the rise of fast fashion have changed consumer attitudes and many in the industry are questioning the value of the traditional runway show.  The presentations this week have been watched closely, as much for the fashions on display as for the reactions and responses from the buyers, editors and other...
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Copenhagen Fashion Week 2016 was full of exciting new looks. With varying colours, materials, styling and textures the catwalk was vibrant and diverse. Designers portrayed an array of fur garments within their collections. From coats to stoles to gilets, fur was evidently present in a number of collections. Birger Christensen Malene Birger Maikel Tawadros Jesper Hovring Freya Dalsjoe
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Gucci’s fur-lined loafers first appeared on the runway a year ago and it seems they are continuing the momentum with the fall ’16 collection, in fact the loafers seem to have become a street style favourite. The shoes come in both a loafer and slide style. Not only does the fur detail keep you warm but it also adds to the quirkiness of the designs, which vary from pairs done in plaid to others that feature floral brocade. To read and see more please click here
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Men's Fur Trends 2016 CEO Mark Oaten speaks of Men's fur trends 2016; "Admittedly the more whimsical animal prints and full fur garments might raise a few eyebrows, but all in all, more and more men are comfortable wearing fur, and it's a trend you can't ignore.” With an estimated 63% of designers incorporating fur into their AW16/17 menswear collections, it is clear that fur is the big trend for 2016. The designers embraced this trend and successfully portrayed that fur is not only for...
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