A snowstorm may have plowed through New York and the Brits may have capitalized on a calendar season they know best, but Milan’s stint in the Fashion Week spotlight was the epitome of alta moda for Fall/Winter, thanks to a frenzy of furs. There were the expected wraps, shawls and fur chubbies, of course, but Milan’s runways highlighted the versatility of opulent fur by branching out beyond the shoulders.
MSGM debuted strappy sandals topped with fur (weatherproofing at its finest), furry loafers reminiscent of bath slippers for the less coordinated, and colorful single hand warmers for those bored with muffs. At Dolce & Gabbana, Little Red Riding Hood got a luxurious upgrade with storybook hoods lined with rich fur—complete with cutesy (and decidedly less-furry) foxes appliquéd on the bodice to bring her back down to earth for her tromp in the forest. Blumarine threw weather concerns out entirely and added fur lining to skintight lamé mini dresses and thigh-grazing kimonos.
The fur trail also led us on a trip through the decades. Roberto Cavalli defined decadence by dressing his femme fatale flappers in luscious fur neck collars, while the 60s-inspired catwalk at DSqaured2 striped color-blocked shifts with mink and Peter Dundas’ subtle ode to 70s at Emilio Pucci featured fur-strapped shoulder bags and bold tribal furs in bright oranges, reds and yellows that were anything but tame. But the most eyebrow-raising use of the material had to be at fur-centric Fendi, where tufts of fur sprouted from the seams and Cara Delevingne opened the show dangling a furry, Little Monster version of Karl Lagerfeld between her fingers. Your move, Paris.
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