Fur on the Catwalk: Burberry Prorsum Autumn Winter 2011

Christopher Bailey has put together a wonderfully classic collection for Burberry Prorsum once again. Highlights included warm brown fur coats paired with a slim trouser, and sleek, black mink accents on sleeves and shoulders. The entire collection is a sensory experience, with several textures in one garment. It’s unfortunate technology hasn’t come far enough to let us experience the feel of a garment while watching the show streaming live on our iPads.




Catwalk Images from Style.com

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Brand Profile: Hockley

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Hockley AW11: Left, grey wool parka with squirrel lining & fox trim. Right, golden aqua musquash & fox coat with detachable bolero.

During my trip to London for fashion week, I visited the Hockley store and showroom, a very old, traditional London furrier who launched their own label in 2007. Their creative director, Izzet Irs, showed me their beautiful autumn winter 2011 collection.

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Hockley AW11: Left, reverisble navy mink coat with neoprene lining. Right, brown multi-colour mink coat wiht reflective inserts.

Irs explained to me that he wanted to design a brand, not a fur brand, and his intentions have been very well-received. Harrods, the famous London department store, sells Hockley in their womenswear department, not in their fur department.

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Hockley AW11: Left, silver ash mink & fox layered on jersey coat. Right, silver ash punched mink & knit jacket.

For autumn winter 2011, Irs wanted to make a collection that was almost all reversible, which meant a lot of wool coats lined in fur and knit pieces that could be worn inside out. He worked with a lot of fox, chinchilla, rex rabbit, and mink, and kept the colour palette very neutral, featuring grey, silver, taupe, and navy, and the result is a very modern, beautiful, desirable outerwear collection.

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Hockley AW11: Left, grey wool parka with squirrel lining and fox trim. Right, dusty grey knitted chinchilla & fox jacket.

Click here for the rest of the Hockley AW11 collection

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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