Friday, August 26, 2011

Trend Watch Fall 2011 - Fur

As this is my first post to this blog, I'd like to welcome all readers who may happen to stop by.  As we get underway, I'll be sharing fashion news, advice and stylist tips.  I hope that you'll find this blog to be both interesting and informative, and that you'll stop by often.  As the blog continues to move forward we'll take a look at many of the hottest trends as presented by some of the world's most talented designers......and as many of us don't have a couture budget, I'll offer some affordable alternatives.

Perhaps the most striking trend to catch my eye this season is

After a period of being somewhat dormant, fur is back in a big way.
.....Both real and faux furs have shown up in almost every major designer's fall collection. The photo at left presents a fur-trimmed shirtdress and scarf ensemble from Gucci. As you can see, the designers are using a bold approach with color and form and delivering some very fresh and exciting looks.   I love how the designers are using fur accents in nearly every type of apparel.  This look is very much in sync with the "Lady Chic" trend that continues to be very strong.  Both the Gucci ensemble  and the Donna Karan dress below illustrate just how glamourous a touch of fur can be!
Gucci Fur Trimmed Shirtdress and Scarf

Donna Karan Grey Melange Dress with Opera Length Gloves and Shearling Cuffs
Fur toppers have made a huge entrance this season with offerings from many notable designers, such as the fabulous vest on the left by Michael Kors, or the incredible shrug by J. Mendel on the right.

Perhaps best of all, similar looks such as these by INC have quickly trickled into mainstream fashion, making the trend accessible to nearly everyone.
I think possibly the most unique and intriging use of fur this season, however, is it's application to footwear and handbags, as seen in the the exciting new designer offerings below.
Chubby Faux Fur Vest by INC
Belted Faux Fur Vest by INC

Givenchy Mink Trimmed Suede Pumps
Christian Louboutin
Lady Fox Heel Pump
Manolo Blahnik
Chilia Suede Pumps with Fur Rosette

Christian Louboutin Fox Fur Clutch
Prada White Fur Tote
Prada Fox Fur Clutch

Diego Dolcini Fur Collar Bootie
Sergio Rossi Mink Trimmed Suede Bootie
Sergio Rossi Fox Trimmed Leather Bootie

This one is one of my favorites. What a great style to dress up a casual look!

Christian Louboutin Toundra Bootie

Even jewelry is getting into the act!
Case in point....the two rings below.

Ranjana Khan Mink Ring Guess Fur and Crystal Ring

The season ahead promises to be an exciting one, marked with many contrasts. Some of the hottest trends to watch are "Snakeskin", "Hardware", "Lady Chic", and "Bold Graphics." Please visit again soon as we explore some of the year's hottest looks, from the runway to the bargain basement.

Fashionably yours,

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