100 Days of Fur: Day 97

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The experiment is coming to an end soon, and so far, I have nothing to report. Well, there is of course a lot to report, but nothing negative. In the past 97 days, I have not had one single negative reaction to my wearing fur everyday on the street. This, and the fact that fur definitely seems to be making a comeback on the catwalks, leads me to believe that it is becoming more acceptable and less shocking to wear fur. Yay! I will do a full reflection on this at the end of the experiment.

London fashion week, as I mentioned a few days ago, had an abundance of fur, not only on the catwalks, but also on the streets. In fact, I was in East London’s Spitalfield’s market yesterday, and there seemed to be much more vintage fur on sale than usual. I’ve been wearing my red fox stole or muskrat jacket everyday, and have had nothing but positive reactions. (In fact, I think my muskrat coat may be a bit of man-magnet. I have had several men, in Vancouver and London, stop me in my tracks and compliment me on the muskrat coat. It is strange, as this is the only one that seems to get this reaction. And most of them were nice looking guys too… This experiment is more fun than I thought!)

I visited the London fashion week exhibition on Tuesday, to see some of the designer’s collections up close, and I was surprised that even the very small, new brands seem to be adding fur to their collections.

Here is are some photos of David Koma‘s autumn winter 2011 collection. The sales guy told me it was wolf, which I found surprising as it looks like fox. He was quickly corrected by the other rep, who confirmed it was indeed fox! The bright coloured pompoms are very cute.
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Holly Fulton‘s autumn winter collection featured some very beautiful fur appliques, I love how this dress featured petals of ponyskin and tufts of fur.
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And the fur trims on these dresses add great volume. I love the pearl details too!
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100 Days of Fur: Day 92

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I am in London for fashion week, and to be honest, I was a bit scared of wearing fur. The British are known for their anti-fur stances, even British Vogue refuses to put any fur items in their magazine, unless they are animals we consume as food (clearly they are complete hypocrites, something to discuss another day.) But when I turned up at my first show on Friday night, I couldn’t believe how many people were wearing fur. It was everywhere!

It was so good to see that the young and fashionable are piling on the fur, there has clearly been a shift in the past few years (and this was confirmed to me by the creative director at Hockley, the British fur brand, more on this later) and it seems that consumers are more willing to invest in fur. It seems the green argument is winning them over, as well as their realisation that it is hypocritical to wear leather and be against fur.

Here are a few photos I took, but this is only a fraction of the beautiful fur I am seeing every day here in London! And by the way, I’ve brought a few scarves, my fox stole, and my muskrat jacket (from Trend Furs, thank you again!), and I’ve had nothing but compliments from the people of London!

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100 Days of Fur: Day 82

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First of all, thanks to Rebecca Tay to filling in for me while I was fur-less in Maui. To read her posts, click here and here.

I am coming up to the last few days of my experiment (my wool coats will be very pleased to know this) and I will be spending nine of those last days attending London Fashion Week (and wearing fur, of course.)

Last week I had one of my most exciting fur moments so far… I picked up a custom-made fox stole from Pappas Furs, which I had made from a pelt I’ve had for 13 years. I’ve documented the process with a few photos. This will be one of my main pieces for London Fashion Week (I won’t be able to bring more than one or two coats in my suitcase, it will have to be all about the fur accessories!)

First, I brought in this snow-tip fox pelt (it is dyed red and the tips are bleached, hence called “snow tip”) and showed it to Walter, the Master Furrier at Pappas Furs.

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The fur on this pelt is very thick and lustrous, it is a fox from a Scandinavian farm.

First, he tested the elasticity of the pelt to see if it was still in good quality, and then he suggested a few options of what I could do with it. We decided on a scarf. Walter made a muslin for me (using a fake fur) and I came in a few weeks later to try it on.

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I returned a few weeks later to pick up the finished product. The scarf itself was way longer than the pelt, and there were no visible seams. By investigating the remnants, I was able to figure out that Walter had used the letting out technique to construct the scarf. The is a technique where a pelt is slit into many long, thin strips, which are then re-sewn together to make a larger, longer piece. Here is an image of one of the leftover scraps, and a photo of a fur swatch of the letting out technique.

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Center image shows some of the seaming used in the scarf, and right image shows how the seams are totally invisible from the right side of the fur.

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A sample of the letting out technique.

And here is the finished product! I tested it out yesterday and I LOVE it. It is super soft and extremely versatile. Can’t wait to show it off properly!