The devil wears fur
Front row at Tommy Hilfiger F/W 2010 catwalk show, with Anna Wintour, the iconic editor-in-chief of US VOGUE, fur-clad. Photo: Alize Morand.
It would be an understatement to say that fur has been all the rage this season. I have come back from New York with memories of army of fashion ladies and gentlemen in fur coats, hats and trims. But fur is not reserved to the fashion elite, and I have witnessed countless stylish old ladies with long-fur coats.
Fur is another of fashion’s controversial topics. PETA advocates could chase you with fake blood to spill over your white fur coat if it is real fur, whilst some argue that fake fur is more polluting and hypocrisy, just like artificial sweeteners. So what is the solution? Vintage maybe.
Nevertheless, it seems that this season, vintage or not was not the question, as fur has been literally everywhere, both in the public, and on the catwalk, with the best luxe looks seen at Michael Kors, Zac Posen and J. Mendel. There was also some serious experiments, such as Oscar de la Renta’s purple fur on red coats, the gorgeous fur bags at Marc Jacobs and black goat fur at Althuzarra.
I find it so interesting how looks carry meanings and how wearing a fur coat sometime ago had another significance than what has become today a mainstream trend. Although they were once markers of it, fashion trends today somehow remove cues of class, age, ethnicity, social or cultural background. And maybe it is for the best.
Read my Trends Review from New York Fashion Week for Prestigium & Le Monde here!