How to wear faux fur
Faux fur featured strongly in the catwalk shows for 2010, appearing as trimming on collars and cuffs as well as on vests, mufflers and shrugs. This isn’t the easiest of trends to pull off – but if you get it right then the effect can be spectacular. Here’s how to wear faux fur and stay cool.
1. Keep it short: Forget long, cumbersome fur coats – this season faux fur pieces are short and exquisitely cut, worn casually with jeans or dressed up with a sparkling evening dress. Shrugs and shrunk jackets appeared prominently in many designer collections, with Antonio Marras showing brightly coloured stoles in his collection for Kenzo and Givenchy featuring some elegant short fur shrugs.
2. Go for a trim: If you don’t want to make a statement in full-on faux fur, stay on trend by investing in a piece with a fur trim. Jean Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld and Elie Saab all showcased fur-trimmed designs on the catwalk this season – Gaultier featured long, elegant evening gowns with luxurious fur edging, while Elie Saab added a touch of kitch-chic to his floating white dresses with a white faux fur trim.
3. Cosy chic: It’s been a long time since a vest was the epitome of cool – but it seems that this versatile item of clothing is now back on trend. Snug vests appeared in the 2009/ 2010 winter shows of Stella McCartney, Michael Kors and Jil Sander, with Guess, Bebe and Juicy Couture all following suite.
4. Accessorise: You don’t have to go all out to successfully work the fur trend. As well as appearing on jackets, shrugs and dresses, faux fur is increasingly evident on accessories this season. Donna Karan, Salvatore Ferragamo and Giles Deacon all showcased luxuriant fur gloves in their collections – great for keeping warm as well as staying stylish.
5. Splash out: Most collections for winter 2010 featured faux fur in natural colours and textures – in many cases so natural that it was hard to tell it apart from the real thing. However, some designers favoured vibrant colours, with Rebecca Taylor, Matt Williamson and Peter Soma showcasing dyed fur in their collections. This is a great street-wear trend when teemed with accessories in a neutral palette.
Not only is faux fur versatile and stylish, it won’t break the bank either - there are some great collections on the high street featuring fur pieces and trimmings. Even expectant mothers can get in on the act, with New Look featuring an animal print mac in its maternity clothes
collection. Whether you choose to wear it dressed up, dressed down, full-on or subtle, this is one trend that simply cannot be ignored in 2010.