Fur, both real and faux, returned for Fall, and one of the most interesting incarnations of the furry stuff was the debut of the gorilla arm. By that, we mean the seriously, thickly fur-covered sleeves of coats. Rag & Bone showed it in their futuristic Scottish ski bum, Giles did it under a black corset, and Peter Som took it to the trench. It's certainly a bold look, but one that could be hard to pull off. What do you think of this trend? Would you wear it?
TV host Kelly Edwards of Design on a Dime and Tacky House — who offered her five top kitchen trends to me at dinner last week in New Orleans — recently shared this photo on Twitter of a fur and crystal chandelier she discovered. It looks like a piece of hide is simply wrapped around a basic drum-shape lampshade, so it would be easy enough to re-create if you wanted to. But do you want to? I can't decide if I agree with Kelly, who wrote, "This thing is great," or if it irks me. A part of me loves the juxtaposition of the glamorous and rustic elements, and another part feels that they are too close for comfort. What do you think?
After the Prada Spring show, we asked what you thought of Prada's bold accessories. Now those accessories are hitting stores, as well as the wardrobes of some very fashionable people. Marc Jacobs wrapped one around his neck in New York, Pop editor-at-large Shala Monroque carried one front row at Valentino couture, and fashion risk-taker Anna dello Russo was spotted carrying one in Milan. We ask you: is this brightly striped stole a fab Spring accessory or just a passing fad?
Lanvin and Max Mara debuted Pre-Fall collections with a few looks that are straight out of the wild (albeit a ladylike wild). Animal prints, leather, and fur seem to be one of the dominant Pre-Fall trends. Designers are showing this trend in interesting ways, including a fur dress. Curious? Click through our slideshow of wild Pre-Fall looks.
We absolutely love the look and feel of Winter vests. They're a supremely functional layering piece that can be paired with everything from long dresses to jeans and sweaters, plus they work in Spring and Fall, too. On the Fall 2010 runway, Winter vests were styled so fashionably, they defined the outfit, and between shearling, faux fur, real fur, leather, and puffers, there are more than a few ways to wear the look. That said, we've helped narrow it down with 15 of our favorites; now it's up to you to get one and style it out your way.
If the real thing wasn't your steez, check out our fresh faux fur picks, ranging from cozy trapper hats to decadent coats. A brown fur vest from Fred Flare is perfect for layering, and we can't stop lusting over Proenza Schouler's full-on coat. The fun doesn't stop there — more coziness from Asos, Rebecca Taylor, and Myne.
Left to right: Proenza Schouler Faux Fur Coat ($2,170, originally $3,100), Fred Flare Faux Fur Buckled Miwok Vest ($60), Lord & Taylor Joolay Soft Touch Faux-Fur Aviator Hat ($42), Asos Warehouse Leather Faux Fur Trim Mittens ($48), Myne 'Zac' Faux Fur Sweater ($188), Rebecca Taylor Faux-Fur Chubby Coat ($435)
Fur may or may not be your bag, but one thing is indisputable — it does keep you warm. In these cooler times, we're enamored with the latest crop of fuzzy. Whether it's a super cute mini fur bag from Marc by Marc Jacobs or luxuriously cozy earmuffs from Eugenia Kim, these soft wonders will keep your warmth close even on the coldest of days.
Hhn By Haute Hippie Reversible Fur Vest ($795), Glamourpuss NYC Fur Pocket Scarf ($425), Eugenia Kim Janine Tweed & Fur Earmuffs ($133, originally $165), Marc by Marc Jacobs Cheeky Nico Mini Fur Bag ($498), Lutz & Patmos Handknit Fur Armwarmers ($417), Opening Ceremony Wedge Fur Cuff Boo ($415, originally $593)
I'm a big fan of using sheepskins to warm up a space, and this is a great example of how versatile they are. While some of you might object to using them for the same reason that you wouldn't decorate with leather or fur, I've always had a fondness for sheepskins. Do you decorate with them as well, or are they off your decorating list?