A fur coat has strong emotional associations and connotations. First and foremost is that of luxury. A mink coat hanging from a gold trolley, waiting in the foyer of a marble lined hotel. A fur cape gently slung over the shoulders of the most fabulous fashionista, ready to leave a restaurant into the chill of a particularly cold night in Paris. A big cream fur coat layered over a delicate dress for a spot of shopping in London. Fur coats lined up neatly at the Bolshoi theatre coat check. A pure white coat like a puff of snow worn with butter-soft black leather. The list is endless.
The next logical association is romance. A gift as a token of love. Steam trains, kissing sailors and your grandmother’s stories. An anniversary celebration, or a first date memory. These associations, although a little distant, maybe even a little dramatic, have carried on through generations – much like fur coats themselves. Fur has come to symbolise a commitment to something bigger, something long-term. Ladies fur coats couldn't be further away on the spectrum of fast fashion. A fur coat is crafted with techniques that have been passed down to skilled hands – an investment made to be kept. A real fur coat should be purchased with thought, worn with appreciation, and thoroughly enjoyed.
It isn't only emotional associations that have cemented fur coat fame, nor has it been exclusively a regal affair. Who hasn't lusted over photographs of a young Anita Pallenberg in all her bohemian glory? Skinny scarves, jewellery aplenty and accessorised with a member of the Rolling Stones! A big fur collar coat was considered a basic necessity for any Woodstock attending citizen. It was this distinct period and the iconic influence of Ms Pallenberg that shaped our queen, Kate Moss, into her most celebrated style. Grey skinny jeans and a fox fur coat is, to Moss, a bread-and-butter staple.
Vintage is yesterday
Fur is blossoming into a new era of luxury fashion. Pre-Fall fashion in Milan is punctuated by bursts of colour and interesting techniques in fur couture. And it’s pushing fur into a modern arena. Now we see show-stopping fur coats jump fresh off the runway and straight onto the backs of models, editors and fashions favourite collectors. A grey fur coat worn with peachy nudes is a great example of the kind of new-wave luxury we love. Elena Perminova, one of our favourite Russian street style fixtures, and the perfect clothes horse for couture, peppers fluffy short fur coats here and there with fun fur accessories in between. One of her ways to cope with winter is mixing delicate dresses or floor sweeping pants, statement shoes and either a big fluffy short fur coat or a fur-trimmed coat. It’s a balancing act, both proportionally and within the ratio of casual to dressed-up, a significant indicator of modern dressing.
Mr & Mrs Italy do casual fur like no other. Elevating your humble military parker into a fur-hooded coat or a fur lined coat made with gelato inspired colour palettes. A throw-on-and-run out-the-door solution, that’s equal measures warm and very cool. A black fur coat from Meteo by Yves Salomon is also a casual-chic affair, even if a century old family history of fur making is anything but. What we most appreciate about the label’s collections is the harmony between seasonal and classic. Silhouettes are wearable, day and night, over jeans or cocooning an evening dress. A piece by Salomon is no doubt exciting, but it will also fit seamlessly into your wardrobe. Trust us!
And how could we not mention Manzoni 24? With a sable brown fur coat that is exactly what you would expect from a high-end Italian furrier... You may need the right occasion for a coat this elegant, but owning a long fur coat by Manzoni 24 is an event in itself – which brings us to Loro Piana. This label does coats with a fur collar and matching cuff puffs of fox fur that captures the grace and grandeur of the 1920s. Their fur capes made of mink are discreet items – the highest form of luxury. Fur coats are still an investment of real value. They’re also still heirlooms and markers of significant events. Once again, fur coats are modern luxuries not to be saved, but to be worn and loved. Luxurious and very romantic.