Fur has been a touchy subject of late, with celebs like the Olsen twins trekking the streets of NYC and PETA freaking out and slamming them in the press. Despite that, however, fur was a major player on the Fall runways. Instead of full-on fur coats, a lot of designers turned to using fur accents to add a sense of luxury to an outfit. If you're like me and uncomfortable buying fur, it's ok! There's a lot of faux-fur out there in the shopping world, and you can get great deals on both faux fur and vintage furs on eBay. This trend doesn't have to be expensive--it just looks like it is (the best kind of luxury).
Miu Miu, Preen, Tracy Reese:
Matthew Williamson, Hermes, Antonio Berardi:
Lanvin, Tibi, Sonia Rykiel:
Fur showed up in three major ways: as a trim on jackets or as cropped jackets (Tracy Reese, Preen, Hermes, Antonio Berardi), as a long stole (Miu Miu, Sonia Rykiel), and as a circular neck scarf (Matthew Williamson, Lanvin (worn around the shoulders), Tibi). Adding a fur collar or hem-line trim to an old coat is a great way to make it look sparkly and new again, and can totally make something you bought at say Gap or H&M look both designer and very chic. A long fur stole adds instant glamour, old-school to any cocktail/evening look and is an unexpected but darling addition to a daytime outfit. The circle furry scarf (my favorite) was the most popular this season, showing up everywhere from Lanvin to Burberry. I'm obsessed with this because it's a fresh take on the scarf trend that's been running rampant the last few seasons, is actually practical (!) for winter, and is so irreverantly rocker-chic with a cardigan or girly dress. If you can't find any of these in stores, you could always sew together the ends of a short, rectangular stole (hello DIY project).