Saturday, October 29, 2011

Fur Fashion Springs Forward

By Tom Bond

The newest trends and boldest colours from the collections of the first season this year have brought the fashion world to life again, and brought the joys of Spring to the high streets and catwalks.

As flowers begin to bloom once again and we see the first daffodils emerge, colours are brightening up the fashion world too with designers following suit and leaving behind a Winter of browns and camel tones. Dyes have made a comeback in fur fashion! A myriad of hues and tones splashed across different furs as they made their way down the runways, signalling beyond anything else that Spring is well and truly back.

It may be a little too soon to predict the top colours for this season, but it certainly seems that deep oranges and chartreuse tones will play an important part. Bold primary tones took their place too, amongst a myriad of bright colours in the latest collections.

It was Miuccia Prada who said, "it's time to be bold" - and judging by Prada's Spring collection showcased at the end of last year at Milan's Fashion Week, she was serious. Bold stripes and patterns embellished gorgeous fox stoles, that were so beautiful they looked as though they ought to be framed, while all around on the catwalk colours exploded: near-neon tones alongside yellows, pinks, teals, violets and greens. Stoles are set to be the key accessory this season, and Prada's audacious offering certainly stole the show (pun intended) and are expected to be in high demand this Spring. Editor At Large, Creative Consultant for Vogue Japan and fashion forward Anna Dello Russo, alongside famous stars Rihanna and Marc Jacobs have all shown their love for Prada's creations, turning them from gorgeous fashion accessory to must-have item.

Fendi has long been known for their use of fur, and thy didn't disappoint with their latest collection which included sleek boleros and kaleidoscopic pom-pom shawls. There were also full, colourful gowns adorned with feathered hats and Tinsel Town glamour courtesy of Christian Dior's latest Haute Couture collection. Dries Van Noten showed off a range of vivid scarves in bold blues, and Helen Yarmak's vests and coats took the rock glam look to a whole new level with turquoises, royal blues and canary yellows that would rival even the Easter chick.

A theme which continues to develop this season is animal print, as designers such as Burberry get back to nature with the snake skin effects and Trussardi 1911 cater for the men with leopard print and an old school rock feel.

Whether real or faux, the accessories were not to be missed either with a range of stunning designs on show. Whether keeping out the chill with snoods, scarves and Cossack-style hats or adding some glamour with earrings and hair flair, designers such as Chanel and Louis Vuitton had it covered. Meanwhile Sacai, Rick Owens and Balenciaga turned their attention to footwear with fur inspired designs also utilising a bright spectrum of colours.

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