As the shows unfolded in Milan, Mother Nature decided to remind us all why we very much need fur in modern wardrobes. Siberian weather came to Europe, temperatures took a sharp dive below zero, and fur immediately became a necessity as much as a style statement. Nothing gives that natural warmth like fur – and you just can’t beat the softness of something like a fox snood against your face.
Fur is an integral part of Milanese culture, and Saga Furs worked with two of the city’s newer names in addition to supplying supreme furs for the Italian heavyweights. From oversize fox lapels and square mink shoulders to animal prints and clashing textures, we take a closer look at the season’s innovative fur-filled collections.
Mink, snakeskin and embellished fabrics united on Liberatore’s catwalk. The designer had dyed Saga® Mink in sorbet pink and inky purple and sculpted soft, rounded silhouettes that underscored the fur’s natural beauty. Dyed mink belts – a Milan trend – also stood out alongside blouses with Saga® Fox-trimmed sleeves.
Red-hot furs were on display at Cristiano Burani, who showed a red and black dyed Saga® Silver Fox gilet with oversized power shoulder collar worn under a transparent denim-style white jacket to great contrasting effect. Panels of crimson Saga® Fox brought wow factor to a floor-length coat in tonal fox and plucked Saga® Mink.
For fur fans, Fendi is always a major highlight on the show calendar. Silvia Venturini Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld certainly didn’t disappoint with their AW18 craftsmanship offerings. From those waiting list-inducing logo Saga® Mink sweatshirts to a mink miniskirt power suit you didn’t know was missing from your life until the second it appeared on the runway, this was Fendi furs at their most fabulous. Shoulders were boxy and forties-inspired, lending a strong and assertive vibe to a neat khaki jacket with an impressive fox cape on top. The house’s signature stripe and flower intarsia mink was updated in a pale powdery-hued coat with pleats, cut outs and floral insets.
Opening Milan fashion week with a bang, Moncler staged seven collections as part of their Genius project featuring guest designers such as Simone Rocha and Craig Green as well as its own capsules, 1952 and Grenoble. 1952 made great use of dyed furs in a slick streetwear-meets-skiwear universe, from mink belts to striped fox tail-width scarves, knitted mittens bolstered with fox and intarsia mink headbands saying Moncler – sure to be a hit on and off the slopes. Intarsia fox with pops of bright flowers stood out in the Grenoble room.
Fur lends itself supremely well to botanical themes, and the rose has long been a symbol of inspiration for Anna Molinari. This season she transferred the flower’s subtle colour shading to a mink coat, which blossomed in rosy intensity from a white hem to a blush shoulder. Similarly, she had inserted frilly fabric inserts into a fox jacket to emulate its unfolding petals, and depicted the winter garden in a snow-white mink jacket with crystallised raindrops and frosted silver beading.
Designer Paul Surridge paid tribute to the leopard print archives of Roberto Cavalli with a black and white coat generously trimmed with lavish Saga® Fawn Light Fox, which put a cool monochrome spin on the classic. A metallic ombré croc biker jacket was further elevated with glossy black dyed Saga® Silver Fox.
Dolce & Gabbana
Taking a playful approach to statement furs, Dolce & Gabbana also went down the animal kingdom route, using silky-soft mink to emulate zebra stripes as intarsia trims on a print coat. Fur with denim is always a good idea, as seen in a denim jacket lengthened and extended across the shoulders with bubblegum pink Finnraccoon, and the designers also used their imaginative streak to patch together a multi-fur coat from vividly dyed mink, fox and sheepskin.