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?
Would you like it on your shoulders?
Would you like it on your collar?
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?