Here is my review of the important fur trim fashion looks for
Autumn 2011 and Winter 2012. The use of fur worked especially
well with sixties baby doll and seventies hippy chic themes.
Coats are great statement making top cover and are a
considered purchase for most women. Not all women want the
full-on look of a totally fur coat. Many might prefer a fur trim
padded parka or
a fur trimmed wool
For those who like the opulence of fur, but have to spend
wisely, choosing a classic seasonless garment
with a detachable fur collar may be the answer to your coat
dilemma. Texture is a fashion feature of material today. Rich texture is easiest to do if you select fur collars and jackets
of fur. Maribou feathers in rich jewel colours add exotic
alternative texture to hems, cuffs and necklines. Shearling handbags and
Mongolian furs add texture that is layered to enhance contrast
In Autumn Winter 2011/12 you can select a reworked silhouette style from at
least 5 different decades of the C20th this season, so a fur
trim coat styled like these 1920s wrap shapes could take
you into the next big Boardwalk Empire coat trend.
A Class Act - Fur Trim
Cream Side Wrap Coats - 1920s Remix
Left - This Gorgeous Drop Waist Belted Creamy Wrap Coat by Aquilano
is one of my favourite coats this year. Aquilano AW11 Catwalk Show.
Wang coat would not look out of place in a Boardwalk Empire
Centre - Aquilano AW11/12 Catwalk Show - Coat.
Right - Alexander Wang AW11/12 - Fur Collar Coat.
Fresh Tailoring Twists - Jewel Colours For Furs
The use of fur worked especially well with sixties baby doll
and seventies hippy chic. These colourful sixties inspired fur
coats were from Philosophy.
Left - Gucci AW11 - Pink Coat & Fur Accessories.
Right - AW11 Seventies Afghan Style Coat Gucci AW11.
Hats complimented these seventies silhouette coats. The
Fedora hat, the
Floppy hat, the Trilby hat and the
Cloche hat all added to the
retro feel of catwalk remix shows. These hats are an easy look
for the high street chains to add to their ranges.
Suede and Shearling or flat shaved furs are also trimmed with
Left - Venexiana AW11 - Coat & Huge Shawl Fur
Centre - Coat By Donna Karan AW11.
Right - Andrew Gn Fall 11 - Shearling Coat with Toscana Lamb
Left - Catwalk Fashion AW11 - Ralph Lauren Coat.
Centre - Ralph Lauren Coat
Right - John Lewis AW11 COLLECTION Fur Collar Trim Double
Breasted Camel Coat £189.
Fur collars are added to
prints, luxury leather and reptilian skins.
Snakeskin is the material of Autumn 2011. Now designers play
more with reptilian prints such as crocodile, python and
alligator. The must-have 'it' print of the moment is snakeskin.
It's used not just for boots and shoes, but also for belts, bags
and fabric prints. Snakeskin is the pattern foundation used for
vibrant colour prints in rich hues of sea green and golden
Snakeskin Jacket & Fur Collar, Wool Jacket & Fur Collar -
Both From Gucci Catwalk AW11.
Note the Fedora hats and acknowledgement of 70s sunglasses and
pussy bow blouses.
Snakeskin imagery is also being used in jewellery, scarves,
spectacles, footwear and handbags. I love the snakeskin bangles
at Harvey Nichols and the snakeskin boots from Prada.
Military coats for Winter 2012 focus on fastening features such
as toggles, impressive buttons, high necklines or fur swathe
More coat like versions with duffle fastening elements include
these coats below. These are must-haves for 'snow is here' and
make warm everyday coats.
Centre - Debenhams Red Herring Coat £85/€128.
Right - Shearling Coat Limited Availability TK Maxx stores
Fur Collars & Fur Shoulders
Collars of fur are very large or very small.
Left - Braganza AW11 - Grey Coat With Massive
Tipped Fur Shawl Collar.
Left - Zang Toi AW11 - Camel Trouser Suit Fur Shawl Collar.
Left - John Galliano AW11 Cream Ribbed Cocoon Coat.
Right - MaxMara AW11 Catwalk Buttercream Fashion Coat with
Yellow Mink Collar.
Sixties and Seventies Revisited
Retro 60s Prim Miss Fur Collar Coats
Left - Wes Gordon AW11/12 - 60s Remix Coat With Fur Shoulder
Right - M&Co Boutique AW11 Faux Fur Trimmed Coat £129.
Left - Derek Lam AW11 - Camel Trench Coat With Bleached Golden
Fox Fur Collar.
Maxi Fur Collar Coats
Left - Ralph Lauren AW11/12 Purple Fur Collar Coat.
Right - Dunnes Stores AW11/12 - Faux Fur Collar Maxi Coat
Right - Martin Grant AW11/12 - Cinnamon Coloured Long Maxi Wrap
Retro Fifties Fur Collar Coat & Costume Suits
Statement skirts and perky fitted little cropped jackets add
sculptured lines. These figure shaping seam lines contract the
torso, whilst expanding expand the arms with fuller sleeves.
Extras like peplums reinforce the swagger when a woman moves and
wiggles as she walks.
Think small waists and get some great sculpting body wear
under foundation garments like Gok Wan, Playtex, Berlei or Spanx
body wear from sellers such as Woods or Figleaves. Nipped in
waistline make a great foil for shoulders broadened by a fur
collar or huge tippet.
Right - Coat by Oscar De La Renta AW11/12.
Centre - Black Suit White Fur Collar - Véronique Leroy AW11/12.
Right - AW11 - Donna Karan Costume Suit & Fur Throw.
In other women's fashion clothing this emphasis on the waist is reinforced by both the sheath
and fitted shift dress and the pencil skirt. The sheath dress drapes and fits to
create a figure-of-eight fashion form. Make sure your hem falls
on or below the knee.
Parka Coat Fashion
Fur Trim Parkas AW11/12
Left - Cynthia Steffe AW11 - Olive Green Parka Coat, Patterned
Centre - Taupe Parka By Matthew Williamson AW11.
Right - Miss Selfridge AW11 Parka Coat & Lace Dress.
As you can see these parkas with fur trims are worn with garment
pieces that might surprise you. Evening dresses with
visible cleavage, shorts and floral feminine dresses with patterned
tights all counteract the functional nature of the parka.
Left & Centre - Both Parka Coats by Altuzarra AW11.
Left - Olive Parka Coat and Shorts - Roland Mouret AW11.
Olive green has been the colour of choice for many designers
when interpreting parka concepts.
The throw on functional parka coat is the choice of many women.
Every high street collection has a parka in its range. Check the
weight of your parka choice carefully and don't be misled into
buying a summer weight garment in off season sales believing it
might see you through winter. Better quality
parkas have good thermal lining or fur linings.
Long Line Sleeveless Coats With Fur Trim
These garments are not quite
gilets, not quite coats. But they
do look useful for novel layering!
Left - Oscar De La Renta AW11 - Aubergine Fur
Trim Knee Length Gilet Coat.
Right - Vera Wang AW11 - Sleeveless Coat With Fur Skirted
Right & Left - Marks & Spencer Per Una Speziale Waffle
Fur Coat £199.
Jumper £16, Per Una Leggings £19.50, Shoes £45 - All Marks &
Fashion Fur Fabrics
Fashion fabrics for Autumn 2011 Winter 2012 are simply
fabulous. Fashion designers chose materials with superb tactile
qualities and shininess.
Look out for fuzzy fabrics, furry textures, goat hair, teased
mohair and soft cosy pieces that make you want to get closer.
Boucle wool sleeves on cardigan coats offer high street value
options to compliment catwalk designers take on fur panels on
Faux fur is used extensively with whole garments and fur trim
collars, tippets and bag flaps all getting the fur or skin
treatments. Chubby shorter fur coats are always winter warmer
seasonal must-haves - Karan knows this and showed chubby coats
at DKNY. Marina Rinaldi has some luxury fur coats that are
both sleek and stylish, perfect for plus size women who long for
high fashion and enough material to cover lumps and bumps.
Get instant lift to your fur trimmed coat with a bright bold fashionable handbag.
If a fur trimmed coat is not to your taste perhaps try a fur
leopard print bag. There are plenty in shops and online shopping will give
you access to an unlimited range of fur fabric and animal fabric
your bag in an obvious no handle grasp under your arm as hug me
pouches. Well try it for the season and see how much it
irritates you compared with underarm handle
Catwalk Fur Clutch Bags
Fur Clutch Bags
Left - Miu Miu Clutch Handbag.
Right - Fur Clutch Bag - Rocha AW11
Select a fur tippet shoulder piece for extra warmth or to
change the look of your sweaters, dresses and coats.
This leopard print faux fur tippet is from
River Island AW11 Collection.
Miss Selfridge AW11 - Fur Tippet Throw
Toscana and other
fur gilets merge into longer Shearling
coats as a functional choice of warmer winter outerwear coat.
This knit and fit gilet cardigan is more like an accessory than
a garment. Use fur trim knitwear pieces like these to introduce
fur in a simple way.
Gloves in every colour, style and material make dressing the
hands so easy for winter 2012.
Update your autumn pieces that with jewel toned court shoes.
Select a heel that suits you and try a small platform for the
The Mary Jane shoe has multiple straps and worn with patterned hosiery/pantyhose
adds retro quality to leg looks. Pump shoes have shorter
pointed toes and easy heels. Solid square heels and cone
heels follow 1970s trends in
women's shoes. Platforms and wedges, which are still available,
often have fur cuff trims. Many shoes are made in animal prints.
Even wellingtons are made using the
Fetish fashion themes are a
shoe designer's dream as they enable a play in design terms that
goes beyond usual shoe design boundaries. Best of all this
season your local shop may stock them rather than a
specialist catalogue. Even the most reluctant wearer of fashion
might be persuaded into the purchase of a pair of quirky shoes
or boots and use them to add a quirky update to this or last year's coat.
The key elements of fashion trends for autumn 2011, winter
2012 depend on longer lengths and bold rich vibrant colours in
contrast textures and luxury fabrics. The silhouette pays homage
to forties, sixties and seventies decades of style fashions.
Conclusion of Key Fashion Trends Autumn 2011 Winter 2012
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Marks & Spencer, Debenhams,
River Island, M&Co., Elégance, Mint Velvet, Wallis, Miss Selfridge,
John Lewis, TK Maxx, Dunnes Stores, Republic, PRShots.com.
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