Sunday, October 2, 2011

Fur Fashion Trends 2011-2012 - Six Most Important Trends

Fur Fashion Trends 2011-2012 - Six Most Important Trends
Six major fur trends from the international runways.
• Color was one of the most exciting and newest trends to emerge from the runways as designers opted for a palette of vivid playful bright colors, soft frosted pales and a range of intensely saturated jewel tones. Most commercial colors highlighted here are the use of poppy red, bright teal and the darker mallard green shades, all worked on piled furs. Key shapes to note are the vintage jackets with 40s and 70s overtones, both key eras for inspiration next winter.

• Vintage influences were the strongest trend direction from all four of the fashion capitals as designers opted for the safety net of the past for inspiration. The 20s and 30s were a strong tipping point for looks that concentrated on plush fur trims and dropped waist silhouettes. The 60s and 70s were the other key style decades plundered for next winter.

• The season's mood of confidence also came through in the dramatic furs that headlined on the runways. It was all about the extravagant texture of furs like goat and Mongolian lamb - both fitting retro 60s and 70s silhouettes - or the elegant luxury of full furs like fox and mink, key to the vintage 30s and 40s look. Key silhouettes include the cropped jacket, especially in fox, the big shrug-on coat or jacket and the cape There was also a huge amount of lamb in every texture and weight, worked into commercial sports-driven looks like the shell top and zip-up coat

• And the mood of confidence came through too in the bold use of mixed furs, as designers put contrasting textures together to create textural dimension within a silhouette. That means flat silky furs like persian lamb combined with mink, arctic fox with sheared mink and feathered fox or mink with the opposing texture of furs like raccoon. Watch also for color-blocking as part of this look, especially the bold geometric Constructivist-inspired looks as seen at Celine, fitting the season's mood for all things 30s.

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