What’s your take on faux fur for winter 2011?

Nikki Parkinson Fashion 22 Comments

Everywhere I look in winter fashion land, I see fur. Not the kind that you will find lurking in your grandmother’s cupboard that would immediately initiate and in-robe protest from PETA.

Fur of the faux variety.

On shoulder pieces, on vests, on coats, on dresses … you name it, it’s there.

And unlike our grandmother’s era, wearing fur is not just being saved for “good”.  Where once fur was a status symbol – a fur stole, coat or jacket to be added to an evening outfit in winter – it’s now very ok to flaunt your (fake) fur every day, whether that’s part of a “lumberjack meets country girl on the Southern Highlands” or a “soft blouse and pearls vintage screen siren look”.

I was sent a sneak preview of Country Road campaign images (featuring models Nicole Trunfio, Pania Rose, Vanessa Breuer, Eveline Vesters and Heidi Harrington-Johnson) from the latest collection, which is in store next Wednesday April 6.

And I have to say I felt an attack of Fur Fever coming on.

Would you like fur on your head?

Country Road Winter 2011

Would you like it on your shoulders?

Country Road Winter 2011

Would you like it on your collar?

Country Road Winter 2011

With so much fur flying about this winter, where do you start?  Do you start at all?

1. It’s a timeless and a reoccurring trend, so it is safe to dip into, knowing that you’ll be able to trot out that coat or hat again.

2. Like any fashion trend, it should be approached with a healthy dose of moderation.  Lest you become a fur-tragic.

3. If faux fur is your thing, then choose one piece that would work for your wardrobe and leave it at that.

My money would be on the fur stole pictured second from top above.  You can add it on as an accessory for impact and then store it way when the fur trend goes into hibernation again.

More from behind the scenes at the Country Road catalogue shoot:

What’s your take on faux fur for winter 2011?  Will you give it a go and unleash your inner lumberjack or ’50s screen siren?

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  1. I had a day out shopping with one of my besties last Friday and we were loving the fur in the stores. She also told me about her grandmother still wearing a real fur stole… with the head and all o_O Yuk!

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  2. Oh, in Canberra Winter, a furry collar is spot on, for walking the dog or school run glamour, why not?? It’s like diet coca cola isn’t it?? Or unleaded petrol?? Both get the job done & the original is bad. I bought the fur collar children’s parka for my 3rd daughter from CR, she’ll wear it for years, timeless & she LOVES it. Love Posie

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  3. I love the look of it on other people. Just not on me. I am not brave enough.

    I think I wore a jumper 3 times last winter not really the climate in Qld for fur. Come winter I really wished in Melbourne or Tassie so I could rug up with boots, coats, scarves and hats. I have major winter envy.

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  4. Honey, it’s too late. I am already a major fur-tragic. It has been an ongoing obsession of mine for many, many winters… x

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  5. I’ll take the fur stole – and her hair too.

    Some fake fur looks fabulous, but the really cheap stuff just looks really cheap, IMO.

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  6. I love the faux fur look! Not only it saves you from being pelted by PETA avid followers, it also gives you that old-world glam look for a fraction of the price of a real fur. I’m definitely more for the 50’s screen siren look than the lumberjack though. And I agree, don’t overdo it. One faux fur piece to compliment one whole outfit is enough.

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  7. I personally LOVE it! I think that you will always look hollywood superstar if you do it right!! 🙂

    LOVE IT!

    I like the vests and big jackets personally. I think the collars can look a tiny bit bogan (depending on how its done)… Love shoulders. Need to have the right head to wear it on your head… Which I do not!

    Ahhhhhhhhh love it. Im definatley a fur tragic!

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