As we all know, fur is a big trend this season, and to be honest it always has been at this time of year. Even in years gone by when faux-fur hasn’t graced the catwalks at London etc., there were always shops selling furry boots, hats, gillets and mittens. Now it is everywhere – you only need to take a look at one of the Chanel adverts in November Vogue and you think Chanel head office has been taken over by a bunch of yetis the models are be-decked with so much fur. (Just a note; whenever I mention fur I do mean faux-fur and not real fur. If I ever talk about real fur I will mention it is real fur). Anyway, Chanel has proved that it is possible to go over the top with fur, but when done in a subtle way it can really give an outfit an edge – much like leather. When you put leather and fur together though it can be a bit disastrous (Chanel tried) much like when Christopher Kane tried to pair leather with fur and flower prints. That didn’t work either and you can see my rant of a post about that here.
Chanel’s A/W collection was a bit of a mixed-bag in my opinion; there were some beautiful clothes and some hideous piles of fur flung on top of models who already had enough to think about by trying to wade across a catwalk which was made entirely of ice. Melting ice which soon turned into ankle height freezing water. Not only did they need a frozen catwalk but they needed icebergs too. I mean come on, your front needed actually needed their hands unfrozen to be able to snap away at the collection and look important with their legs crossed with handbag in one hand and Blackberry in the other. They didn’t want to be sitting there next to an 8.5m high -4 degree iceberg thank you very much. According to Elle Collections: two shoes were lost in the water, 240 tonnes of snice (snow-ice) was used to create the icebergs and 35 sculptors from around the world were drafted in to create the spectacle. All for 20 minutes of “catwalk time” presented by 66 shivering models. Sometimes fashion worries me.
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