Fur quote: Olivier Theyskens

 Theysken’s Theory, Olivier Theyskens’ collection for New-York based label Theory, is probably my favorite fashion collaboration. I’ve been a fan of Theyskens since he was artistic director at Nica Ricci. Of course I was thrilled to see Elle magazine’s spread dedicated to the Fall 2011 collection, styled by Joe Zee, Kate Lanphear and other fashion editors and stylists.

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Theyskens’ Theory styled by Joe Zee (Elle USA)

“Knitted fur is so modern and light, it makes this retro shape cool again.”
—Olivier Theyskens

Knitted fur is not only light and warm, but it can be used all year round as a cardigan in the office or for a chilly night out. And knitted fur made of beaver is washable!! Low maintenance luxury, what’s not to love about that?!

Olivier Theysken, you are a wise man!

Image from Elle.com


The Art of Luxe: Color, Color and more Color!

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Color, color and more color! Bolero by Paula Lishman, poncho by Belle Fare

Nothing more exciting than a spectacular runway show, when sipping wine and reminiscing about the Naffem VIP tour! I attended  the Art of Luxe fashion show which celebrates fur designers such as Paula Lishman, Zuki and young creators sponsored by Kopenhagen Fur. I was seated in the front row, and was immediately submerged by the passionate violinist’s performance. This musical piece by Dr.Draw was a brilliant way of presenting the craftsmanship we were about to see. Backstage I could tell emotions were running high for last minute preparations when suddenly the bright lights snapped on, the music set the mood and names of designers appeared on a giant LED screen.

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Dr.Draw captivated the audience

As models made their way down the catwalk we could not help but notice the striking contrast between dark furs and the model’s bright outfits. Andy Warhol would of been proud of the outstanding visual influence his Pop Art had over the theme of the show. The interpretation of Warhol’s work (powerful & electric colors) was gracefully translated on Naffem’s runway.

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Canadian designer Paula Lishman, inventor of knitted and washable fur

Seeing is believing, this expression comes to mind when gazing upon the magic of a colorful Lishman beaver poncho at the Naffem show. It’s incredible how fur can captivate your senses and make you escape to a world of fantasy were color, fur and glamour are personified. We’ve certainly come a long way from grandmas old fur coat! What would you think about being able to wash your beaver knitted poncho after you’ve worn it? Guess what? You can! In contrast to the typical Mexican urbane poncho, this renewed version is not only glamourous but also practical.

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I felt my pulse rise when Zuki runway model walked before me with a sublime flower coat. The contrast of vibrant lilac, blue and red flowers on a soft black fur with fox trim created the perfect miss match. The difference of textures between the fluffy trim and the black shiny body also stood out. My only regret from this experience is that I could not leave the show with one of these magnificent fur coats!

Stay tuned for my discussion with Eddie Maleterre about his inspirations for hair & makeup.

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A mix of furs to add texture. Coat by Euroline, vest by Natural Furs

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Tailored fur coats by Natural Furs and BluesArt

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Kopenhagen Fur luxurious outerwear