Despite fur being around for generations before, the 1920s was the turning point for everything fabulous, propelling luxury fur into the spotlight of the fashion elite. High society, gathered together with bohemians, artists, musicians and intellectuals from around the world in the streets and bars of Paris, was draped in mink and fox fur. This phenomenon greatly inspired the luxury fashion industry and is still trending today.
Fox fur in white and grey hit its popularity peak amongst silver screen starlets from the ‘30s through to the 50’s. Likewise, mink fur became synonymous with expensive gifts, the backstage of theatres and later Marilyn Monroe. The ‘60s introduced the shearling fur which has gone on to be used by designers such as Acne Studios. In the ‘70s the fur trend became more forceful and we began to see embroidered coats trimmed with sheepskin and fox furs. Continually from the 70’s right up until today, the fashion world’s love for fur has simultaneously developed.
Luxury fur today
Today celebrities such as Debra Messing and Victoria Beckham are often seen wearing luxury designer fur jackets, coats and accessories. If you’re likewise looking for an everyday fur that you can pair with a cashmere sweaterwhen the snow begins to flurry, then we recommend a statement Mr & Mrs Italy parka. Similarly Army by Yves Salomonalso offers a range of fur parkas which are perfect for a day in the city or skiing in an alpine destination.
If you wish to follow in the footsteps of supermodel Twiggy and look glamorous in a floor-length mink, then turn to luxury brands such as Gucci. Adding a sophisticated fur coat to any evening dress will make you look as if you’ve stepped out of a Hollywood film. For those of you who enjoy accessorising with playful fur products, look no further than Fendi. The luxury designer has injected playfulness into the use of fur, with Bag Bug key charms and Karlito fur and leather keyrings even the most simple of bags can have a bright and youthful vibe added to them.
If real fur isn’t for you then look to the likes of designers such as Stella McCartney or Dries Van Noten whose ethical alternatives are as just as eye-catching.