How To Style It: Colorful, Bold (Mostly Faux) Furs

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Now that we’ve established the firm grip that fluffy, colorful furs have on the fashion community, let’s explore how to implement this trend into our daily lives–after all not all of us count The Sartorialist as members of our fan club. And as winter marches on, our inspiration to stay chic while stomping through the slush dwindles and our ideas for how to do so are low in number. Enter the fluff. If streetstyle pix have left you lusting over this trend–you’re in luck, we’ve already done an edit on what’s available to shop right now!

Which brings us to step two: figuring out how to incorporate the things fashion people wear into your own day-to-day wardrobe can feel like a tall order. Even editors don’t dress like it’s fashion week 365 days of the year.

One thing we’re loving about the current faux fur obsession is that ultimately, this is a trend rooted in having fun with fashion–a trend that takes us back to the notion of “playing dress-up,” really. So now having added one or all of our 14 picks to your cart, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of how to wear this touchable trend.

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  • We’ll dive in to the deep end with a look at mixing faux furs: (If you know this isn’t for you, see below)–While doubling up on an already aggressive trend might sound crazy, it can work. Think printed furs (i.e. glam leopard print coats) (mis)matched with the fuzziest solid faux fur scarves in a complementary color.

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  • A camel is the perfect blank canvas for the beginner to work with. All it takes is throwing on a brightly-colored fur stole for an instant hit of glam. Et voilà!

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  • Amp up an otherwise monochromatic look with a jolt of bright fur. Case in point: this dramatic neon fur trapper hats turn an all-black outfit into a noticeable take on the trend.

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  • The peeping hoodie gives the look a perfect injection of the all-important “I woke up like this” factor

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  • If you’re thinking “oh, I have a vintage fur that belonged to my Grandmother but I only take that thing out at night,” here’s a dash of daytime glamour. Whether its a stole or a coat, sometimes looking good is the quickest route to feeling good. And if your feet start to hurt from the heels you’ll be glad to have something soft to cuddle on-the-go.

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  • When you take this route, quite frankly it doesn’t matter if all you’ve got on underneath is a paperbag, or your skivvies…or in this weather, your longjohns.

 

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  • If the idea of fur (even faux) feels a little stuffy to you, take it down a notch by reminding everyone that you are also super on top of the athleisure trend in a graphic tee. Keep it casual by wearing your bag hands-free for extra model-off-duty points.

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  • Here’s an easily borrowed style cue: if your fur is adding unwanted volume, borrow straight from the runways and nip that waist in with some cleverly tied leather

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The #NYFW Trend You’ll Want to Pet and Hold Tight Right Now

Creatures of the Wind

At more than three it’s officially a trend, and it didn’t take more than a day or two of shows for the fur stole to crop up as the accessory du jour.

Long, luxurious, nonchalant, and warm. What’s not to love? Jason WuCreatures of the WindRodebjer, and Ohne Titel would all seem to agree that throwing one over your shoulder is the way to cozy up for fall.

We love the elegance of it, and are particularly enamored with the fun to be had as well (see: Creatures of the Wind’s spangled options, and Ohne Titel’s CMYK-colored swathes.) + Rodebjer added pockets. Pockets are always a good idea.

Ohne Titel: 

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Photos: @ohnetitelny on Instagram 

Jason Wu:

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Rodebjer:

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Photo: Paul Porter/BFAnyc.com

Creatures of the Wind:

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Furry Fendi Bracelets and Karen Gallo Haircalf Booties: Get Furr’d Up, Part 3

Anni Jürgenson (Marilyn) photographed by Ben Rosenzweig in NYC

Fall: we’re two days in.

Before the weather gets way harsh, Tai, we have a few perfect weeks when a furry accessory is all the extra warmth you need — so to celebrate early fall, we rounded up our favorite shoes, bags, and even jewelry to keep you looking cozy, and the best pieces to wear it with to make sure you stay cool.

For the perfect fuzzy Coach creepers and full fur Fendi bag, click here… for a quite cheeky pink fuzzy Fendi bag and cozy Reek Krakoff pumps, click here… And keep an eye out for new looks all week.

We’re really into these sleek, bottle green haircalf booties by designer Karen Gallo. And that Fendi bangle? I mean…

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Anni wears silk top and leather shorts by Karolyn Pho, druzy and fur cuff by Fendi, and haircalf booties by Karen Gallo. Karen Gallo shoes available on the Spring app and through the designer’s website.

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Photographer: Ben Rosenzweig
Fashion Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Hair Stylist: Corey Tuttle
Makeup Artist: Giselle Hernandez
Fashion Assistant: Emily Ovaert
Photo Assistant: Caroline Dorn

A Fuzzy Fendi Bag and Reed Krakoff Pumps: Get Furr’d Up, Part 2

Anni Jürgenson (Marilyn) photographed by Ben Rosenzweig in NYC

Well, it’s officially fall.

Before the weather gets way harsh, Tai, we have a few perfect weeks when a furry accessory is all the extra warmth you need — so to celebrate early fall, we rounded up our favorite shoes, bags, and even jewelry to keep you looking cozy, and the best pieces to wear it with to make sure you stay cool.

For the perfect fuzzy Coach creepers and full fur Fendi bag, click here. Keep an eye out for new looks all week.

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Anni wears a felt crop top by LINIE, lambskin gauchos by Veronica Beard, Reed Krakoff ankle wrap fur Atlas heels, and carries a Fendi Petite 3jours candy pink shearling strap bag.

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Photographer: Ben Rosenzweig
Fashion Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Hair Stylist: Corey Tuttle
Makeup Artist: Giselle Hernandez
Fashion Assistant: Emily Ovaert
Photo Assistant: Caroline Dorn

Get Furr’d Up for Early Fall: Coach Creepers and Fendi Bag, Part 1

Anni Jürgenson (Marilyn) photographed by Ben Rosenzweig in NYC

Tomorrow marks the official start of a cooler new season, and with the slight chill we’re granted access to the cozier parts of our closet.

Before the weather gets too harsh we have a few perfect weeks when a furry accessory is all the extra warmth you need — so to celebrate early fall, we rounded up our favorite shoes, bags, and even jewelry to keep you looking cozy, and the best pieces to wear it with to make sure you stay cool.

Keep an eye out for new looks all week.

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Anni wears jeans by Acne, top by CG, tri-color By The Way fur bag by Fendi, and shearling shoes by Coach.

Photographer: Ben Rosenzweig
Fashion Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Hair Stylist: Corey Tuttle
Makeup Artist: Giselle Hernandez
Fashion Assistant: Emily Ovaert
Photo Assistant: Caroline Dorn

Visual Xanax: Have a Laugh with Kate Moss

Outside, the temperatures may have fallen, but don’t let your spirits slide down with them. Just because there’s a chill in the air doesn’t mean your mood should suffer – after all, there’s nothing a great coat and a smile from Kate can’t fix.

Photo: Kate Moss styled by Camilla Nickerson, photographed by Ryan McGinley for W Magazine, June 2007.

Human Hair on Fashion Week Catwalks

One of the more surprising, farthest reaching trends on New York Fashion Week runways this past week has been fur. Easily more than a dozen high-profile designers– Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra, Thakoon and Thom Browne– used animal hair for full frocks or embellishment. From monkey and raccoon to chinchilla and fox, a wide range of fur was front and center in numerous FW10 collections. While I’ll save debating the moral and environmental implications of fur as fashion for another day, the focus here isn’t on all the animal hair at fashion week… but, rather, the human hair.

VPL’s Victoria Bartlett, for one, took hair as fabric to all new levels with a human hair-made dress. “The sweaters were cozy yet structural. Oh, and some of them were woven together with HUMAN HAIR,” wrote Fashionista of the PETA-approved fabric that rather than gross people out actually kind of worked. Meanwhile, Threeasfour went to town with braids (a big hair trend from last season) in a particularly unexpected way.

While they didn’t use real human hair, the conceptual fashion loving brains behind the NYC label used a copper-colored, braided rope that gave the appearance of hair as the top layer for one style from their fall line (pictured here). Tom Scott, on the other hand, avoided pissing of PETA and potentially weirding people out by sticking to hairstyles as solely the inspiration behind his FW10 collection, which, according to W, he titled “‘Hair Culture’,” after a similarly titled 1921 book he found on eBay.”

Your Fake Fur Could Be Dog; Kanye & Amber Opt for Real Thing

Hold onto your faux fur hats. Apparently you might actually be wearing dog… or, more specifically, raccoon dog. Yes, it’s disgusting. And, obviously not true for all faux fur garments. But, according to an article in the San Francisco Gate, “you wouldn’t know it by looking at the label, however, because federal law only requires clothing manufacturers to disclose the inclusion of fur on a clothing item if its value is more than $150.” The loophole in legislation has allowed for hybrid rodent/dog furs to find their way into the mainstream but San Francisco Assemblywoman Fiona Ma is trying to change that by pushing for a bill that would require any real fur garment to be conspicuously labeled. (Five other states, including New York, have already passed similar legislation.)

Meanwhile, over in Paris at men’s wear and now haute couture fashion week, Kanye and his Lycra-loving front row mate Amber Rose have been seen making the rounds in the real thing. The duo showed up at Louis Vuitton’s men’s show in matching, floor-length fur jackets. Then came Rose’s veritable fashion faux-pas when she appeared at a subsequent show wearing a fur Louis Vuitton fanny pack around her waist. The jury may be forever out on whether or not fur is fashionable. Fur fanny packs, on the other hand, definitely don’t warrant a pass.

A Solution to The Fur Debate

To wear fur or not to wear fur, a serious fashion question. Recently, Louis Vuitton used the controversial fabric as heel embellishment in its pre-fall collection, while anti-fur crusaders PETA put Michelle Obama on an ad reading “Fur-Free and Fabulous” without her permission. (The ads, which also pictured Tyra, Oprah and Carrie Underwood, have since been removed). Slate asked whether fake or real fur was more harmful to the environment and, Nylon‘s Faran Krentcil asked which was worse, fur or fast fashion, over at the Huffington Post.

As far as I’m concerned, when it comes to fur there is an easy answer: avoid it altogether and embrace Slow and Steady Wins the Race‘s adorable non-fur animal stoles instead. I recently came across these fantastic fur alternatives (which are being stocked at Opening Ceremony, StandUp Comedy and Creatures of Comfort). Not only do they come in a natural shade, black velvet and animal print, they’ll also never get you splattered in paint or heckled (especially come fashion week in February).