Gucci, fall/winter 2011-2012 (Image courtesy ImaxTree.com)
Fur has been one of the biggest (and most controversial) fashion trends of the past few seasons and its dominance shows no signs of slowing down. The international fall fashion shows prove it: From the vibrant dyed toppers at Gucci, DVF and Louis Vuitton to the remixed sable, fox, chinchilla and mink numbers at Fendi, designers pushed this classic cold weather look to the next level.
So whether your fall fashion style is sleek and shine-y or wild and shaggy, there’s no shortage of furry options to choose from, including fabulous faux-fur pieces that offer all the cozy chic warmth of the real thing, without the guilt. This is however one fashion trend with style landmines a-plenty from questions of colour and pattern to the oh-so dangerous issues of proportion and volume.
Want to avoid looking like Chanel’s famous fashion show fur monster? Here are our tips on how to make the fur fashion trend work without channeling Where The Wild Things Are.
Barbara Bui, fall/winter 2011-2012 (Image courtesy of ImaxTree.com)
David Dixon and Denis Gagnon
David Dixon, Spring 2012
It’s the fifth and final day at LG Fashion Week and the FDCC saved two of Canada’s best designers for last in David Dixon and Denis Gagnon. At David Dixon, Malcom Mclaren’s genre blending tunes served as inspiration for a spring collection that celebrated the art of creating harmony from a mix of different fabrics. Italian matte jersey, silk organza, Chantilly lace, embroidered cotton, metallic paisley, tulle, leather, sequins, silk wool—it was all there and as dizzying as it sounds the results were, for the most part, elegant (white cocktail dress with black lace overlay), chic (super high-waisted pencil skirt with sheer black blouse) and utterly feminine (buttery yellow skirts embellished with laser cut silk flowers). In other words, quintessential Dixon. Read more…
Caitlin Power, Krane, Bustle and Vawk
Caitlin Power, Spring 2012 (Photo courtesy Jenna Wakani)
Newcomers Goinaz Ashtiani and Caitlin Power were finalists together in last season’s TFI New Labels Competitions (Ashtiani took home the crown) and this season they’ve teamed up for a joint presentation, pitting Ashtiani’s feminine sophistication against Power’s futuristic androgyny. Highlights included Ashtiani’s violet-hued silk charmeuse jumpsuit and Caitlin Power’s Blade Runner-esque silk blouses with blue or orange contrast seaming.
Krane, Spring 2012 (Photo courtesy Jenna Wakani)
Krane designer Ken Chow gave the boys something to cheer about with his signature waxed cotton and leather pieces including tailored blazers, moto-inspired jackets to casual toppers with hidden straps for a hands-free way to throw your coat over your shoulder. Leather harnesses, Doc Marten boots and Chow’s expertly constructed carryalls, messenger bags and totes completed the collection. Read more…