Resort collections are increasingly becoming full-blown affairs with their own fashion week schedule – and accompanying seasonal trends. And when resort hits stores in November, there’s one trend that will be hard to miss: intarsia mink and fox.
Gucci made the most of resort’s pre-spring timing with a strong, fur-filled message. Classic granny-chic mink coats amped up with intarsia techniques have become something of a Gucci trademark since Alessandro Michele took over at the house, and the idea was explored in full with a wealth of motifs: intarsia peacocks on black mink, garden pansies, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-worthy stripes and milk snakes twisting their way across golden-hued mink. In keeping with the show’s London setting, kitschy Staffordshire dog figurines in mink adorned a baby pink karakul jacket.
Intarsia dominated the runways across the board. Michael Kors showed a black and white fox-collared mink herringbone coat with matching intarsia backpack and at Roberto Cavalli, Peter Dundas’ new bohemia resulted in a hippie-trippy intarsia fox chubby in psychedelic colours.
Two of Italy’s foremost fur-inclined houses showed pieces of exceptional beauty. At Valentino, designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli had dreamt up intarsia mink in tropical foliage and parrot motifs as well as a classic brown mink jacket with 3D flower embellishment.
Fendi’s fur mastery resulted in blue and turquoise mink intarsia waves and several fox pieces, such as a Blue Shadow Fox stole with intarsia tiles and red floral motifs, a quilted coat with a luxurious Silver Fox lining and a superbly crafted short coat with stripes of mink and bands of statement fox. The showstopping final look was a black sheared mink latticework coat dotted with fox and mink charms.