Fur on the Catwalk: Alexander McQueen AW2011

The Alexander McQueen show for the Autumn/Winter season featured quite a bit of fur, worn in a range of different ways. From pure white coats featuring fur cut outs, to S&M inspired dresses trimmed in fur, the collection showed breadth of the house’s design aesthetic, while still maintaining a cohesive look.

Alexander Mcqueen, AW2011, Paris Fashion Week
Alexander Mcqueen, AW2011, Paris Fashion Week
Alexander Mcqueen, AW2011, Paris Fashion Week
Catwalk images from Style.com

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Christian Dior Autumn Winter 2011

Sorry for the lack of posts people! We have been busy with NAFFEM. More on that in the days to follow!

Despite what some may have to say about John Galliano, there is no arguing the fact that the man is a brilliant designer. The Dior Autumn Winter collection was a testament to his incredible vision and talent, and he will be missed by many in the coming seasons. (For those not in the know, go here to read the full Galliano story.)

This collection was all about texture. Feathers, fur, tweed, and chiffon were all layered together to create beautiful looks. Each piece on its own is unique and completely ready-to-wear, but the styling and layering of the garments are what bring this collection together on the catwalk.

Two completely different, yet cohesive looks.

This two-toned coat looks fantastic with knee high boots.

This fur scarf paired with a green tweed trench-style coat is a perfect example of impeccable styling. And those earrings! A great little addition to a beautiful coat.

Have you ever seen so many dissimilar textures work together so well?

This one is my favourite! Had to include a detailed shot of the thin, delicate layers of chiffon inbetween the layers of fur. So beautiful!

All catwalk images from Style.com

Fur Quote: Get Ready for Things to Heat up

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Left, Fendi Autumn Winter 2011 and right, Gucci, Autumn Winter 2011.

“(The catwalk designers) did their due diligence, they are satisfied with their (fur) suppliers, the ethical questions were asked and answered. Get ready for things to heat up, in every sense of the word.”

– Vanessa Friedman (from her article about the large amount of furs on the Milan Autumn Winter 2011 catwalks.)

Images from Style.com.

100 Days of Fur: Day 79

To read the full story on the 100 Days of Fur experiment, click here.
Rebecca Tay is taking over the experiment and wearing fur for 8 days while Yasmine is in Hawaii    

Even though my experiment with fur is over, I have to admit that it doesn’t really feel like anything is changing. Sure, I wore something furry everyday for 8 days, but it’s not like anyone even noticed. Sad face.    

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Danier fur toque. Image http://www.danier.com

Seriously, I think the biggest realizations were my own: I noticed how warm fur really is—and how much happier you are when it’s a million degrees below zero (or feels like it, anyway) and you’re warm and cozy. I also noticed how “cool” I felt wearing a statement-making fur piece: it’s the same feeling you get when you’ve got a killer handbag or pair of shoes on and you feel like everyone’s staring, in a good way. Even if no one is actually looking, I guess it’s just that whole “I feel like a million bucks” thing.   

On the last 5 days of me filling in for Yasmine, I wore the white fur coat a few more times, a cute little fur toque from Danier, which is amazingly stretchy and comfortable, a gigantic fur collar, and this new beaver “duvet” scarf from Starlight Furs for Beautifully Canadian, a Canadian company founded in 1982. It surprised me that beavers have some of the softest fur I’ve ever felt, but apparently, shearing or plucking the outer layer of fur reveals this amazing underlayer called the “duvet”. I want an actual duvet made of this stuff!    

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Thakoon Fall 2009 RTW. Image http://www.style.com

 

Another thing: while I have no new “news” to report from my experiment (seriously, I got a few compliments but no comments on my fur—and definitely no red paint!), 100 Days of Fur has made me appreciate all the amazing fur that has reemerged in fashion. I remember falling even more in love with Thakoon after attending his New York Fashion Week show in February 2009, when he showed brilliant fur-trimmed and full-on fur coats dyed shocking shades of pink, orange, and green. So amazing! Anna Dello Russo’s hot pink fur reminded me of that show. And if anyone knows her fashion, it’s Anna Dello Russo!    

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Anna dello Russo and her divine Prada fur stole. Image http://www.www.jakandjil.com

 

So while this marks the end of me filling in for Yasmine (welcome home!), you can still find me on the streets of Vancouver, continuing to wear fur (next on my list: a furry bag). Ciao!    

Rebecca Tay is a former western editor at FASHION Magazine. You can follow her via her Twitter account