“A fur jacket is seriously fabulous”. The resurgence of big, fluffy fur jackets on and off the runway gives quite a bit of authority to this claim. For many designers, nothing matches the play in proportions and textures quite like fur. For the wearer, very little can compete with the sensation of leaving the house wrapped in a warm fur coat.
Making a series of trans-Atlantic observations, the team at mytheresa.com has noticed how each city has its own unique play on how a fur jacket is worn. In Sydney, where temperatures never go too low, Sydneysiders make good use of natural long wavy hair, denim and a fur gilet. A refreshingly upscale solution to beachside bohemia, and that pesky good weather. On the other end of the thermometer, are girls in Moscow. While fur in Russia has a long-held tradition, more recently we have seen some wonderfully new ways to wear fur jackets that are seriously inspiring our own wardrobes. Bold colours or, in contrast, a cream fur jacket and muted greys, worn either laidback with flared trouser suits or super glamorous, the girls wearing fur straight off the runway can certainly be found here.
The Parisians also have a fond history with fur. One of the things we love to observe on the streets of Paris, is that even young girls run about town in a perfect mink jacket. Classic and understated in their execution, French girls are often drawn to wearing classical coffee hues or furs in their natural state, with neat trousers and flat shoes or little black dresses. That said, Paris haute couture week is always an exception to the rule, with wild puffs of vibrant colours in the form of a short fur jacket, seen on iconic figures crossing the Jardin des Tuileries.
The Milanese women must be influenced by the high level of artistry that surrounds them. With labels such as Marni, Fendi and Prada close by, it’s no wonder. A pair of driving shoes worn with black leggings and a creative fur jacket, finished off with a splattering of costume jewellery, is a very Milanese look. London girls really know how to wear a shearling jacket! High-waisted black jeans or girly dresses matched with heavy sheepskin jackets, the Burberry look can be seen across town from Shoreditch house to Sloane dinner parties.
Stockholm loves a black fur-lined jacket, understated but very warm! Swedish girls use their minimal aesthetic, not often associated with a black fur jacket, to create crisp, casual looks. This style can be easily replicated with oversized starchy white shirts, sneakers and the right climate.
The runway, from day to day
There are a few fur trends that are stretching across all cities, a long-line fur vest belted at the waist worn with wide legs pants or knit dresses. A grey fur jacket in a variety of the finest furs, worn with leather or blush nudes and often matched with an equally chic pair of Louboutins. The fur-collar jacket is back on the scene, made popular again by Miu Miu’s lady-like ‘60s style shapes that have graced the runway. Stella McCartney, champion of high quality faux fur, has created fur wraps that are as snuggly as they are chic. The rock’n’roll fox fur jacket is well and truly back on trend thanks to Saint Laurent and Hedi Slimane’s fondness for referencing America in the ‘70s.
We love Mr and Mrs Italy's fur-lined and fur-hooded jackets, they're the kind of parka that packs well, can save you on days when the temperature makes an unexpected drop, and are a total saviour when a little brightening up is needed. Meteo by Yves Salomon create statement fur jackets that lift any outfit into something more spectacular, with very little effort needed. So if you’re going under the radar in a fur-lined jacket, going all out in a short fur jacket over an elaborate evening gown, or just being cosy in a fur wrap for a weekend away, we stand by where we started – a fur jacket is seriously fabulous.