The big items are there! Dyed, shorn or natural, casual, chic and structured, the trend is for subtlety rather than in-your-face furs. Touches and trims, modest effects in indispensable accessories, with an occasional bigger “Who, me?” article. If your style is more offbeat, go for Saint Laurent’s chic fox in vivid colors that pushes the ’80s shoulder to the extreme. Michael Kors, meanwhile, has floral clutches in mink- and fox-trimmed shoulder bags; Fendi, wavy stripes set into furs. DSquared2 fans love the Samurai mixed-texture, cut from colored furs jackets for a winter look from the tamer pages of the bestiary. For those feet that know no rest, there are pretty little slippers trimmed with feathers or a delicate froth of fur. Fashionistas also like Salvatore Ferragamo’s zigzag patchwork furs in swakara and mink. More practical souls prefer Calvin Klein’s fox-embellished leather pieces and the romantics are obsessed with the capes of Marc Jacobs, Prada, Roberto Cavalli and Versace.
Fur is unavoidable, especially combined with fabric, as many garments, including skirts and sweaters, are trimmed with fur. The streets are full of fur styles so popular with the populace. As for those who like to take things to extremes, there are plenty of fabulous collections of full-length coats, including mink and fox, such as Vera Wang’s voluminous styles.
Some of the girls we talked to admitted that they wear them because “they’re warm, comfortable and gorgeous,” and that they liked “cross-matching styles: glamorous at night and casual with boots and jeans for day wear”. Mink, fox, Mongolian lamb and shearlings remain the pelts of choice. We asked people what sort of reaction they get from others when they’re wearing furs: “When I’m out in the evening, everyone touches me. They all want to stroke the fur. After a bit, I get tired of all those hands on me all the time,” a young woman told us, without taking her eyes off an intarsia Gucci mink. This, in fact, just about sums it up: We get fed up with fur, but keep coming back to it because it wraps us in tenderness. In the land of romance, it’s what counts!