Faux fur has outgrown its teen years and developed into a dashingly good-looking item for the forward thinking, fun-loving individual. Speaking of individuals, if it wasn't for passionate vegetarian trail-blazers like Stella McCartney, we wouldn't be having this very fashionable conversation. Our love of the season is a pastel pink faux fur gilet by Ms McCartney that is fluffing fabulous.
An interesting happening we've noticed between faux and real is that real fur seems to have started mimicking the fun that faux fur has created. Dramatic silhouettes, playful colors, nostalgic details and tongue-in-cheek references are the cornerstone of new-gen faux fur. Stella McCartney does simple faux fur jackets in more subdued colors like stone-grey hues that would easily assimilate into the daily jeans and tee routine for extra an fashion punch.
Faux Fur: imagination is the only limit
A rainbow faux fur cape, a faux fur bolero in flamingo pink, we say wear faux fur like you’re in Anna Dello Russo's mind for a day. London designer Hannah Weiland of Shrimps is growing a fan base more like a Beatle than a crustacean. Ladies like Alexa Chung, Laura Bailey and Pixie Geldof are seen wearing her accessories and faux fur coats, just cementing her cool-girl credibility even more. Practically speaking, a Shrimps faux fur coat is the brightest way to warm up a cold winter’s day.
As the fuzzy fibres creep up in high fashion, so does the inspiration on how to wear them. Try faux fur vests over this season’s re-emergence of frills in delicate fabrics. Contrast it with tougher leather skirts, or heavy straight-leg jeans for an exceptionally on-trend look. Create depth and texture to an all-black look by adding a black faux fur jacket or a black faux fur coat. A faux fur stole is a brilliant way to add some color and warmth to an early spring look, and a ladylike accessory to match our love for pencil skirts and turtleneck sweaters. Take notes from cult Slimane and wear sequins of gold or silver and cowboy boots with that faux fur jacket. What about experimenting with the silk slips and satin skirts trend for the new season and channel that Hollywood starlet from the silver screen and add a faux fur wrap to the equation.
Faux fur in the spotlight
Faux fur has only just become a real thing, mind the pun, for fashion’s elite, becoming a relatively new form of luxury and creative expression. We look forward to watching how young labels like Shrimps and new idols like Lena Dunham push faux fur into the spotlight. We think it’s only a matter of time before celebrities go back to wearing fur for red carpet appearances, this time of the fake variety and without quite as much controversy. We anticipate some of the bigger luxury houses experimenting with the possibilities faux fur allows for, and the rapidly changing attitudes towards it.