At the New York fashion week shows, fur played a leading role in how designers view modern fashion: a relaxed streetwear-led approach to dressing up in the most precious of pieces. This season, Saga Furs worked closely with some of New York’s best names, who chose mink and fox in natural and dyed colours to convey richly textured messages.
If there’s one name to come out of New York recently that really nails contemporary fashion’s high-low, couture-street, vintage-new conversation, it’s Sandy Liang. A CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist, Liang did two hyper-covetable mink pieces in collaboration with Saga Furs. Both highlighted the way brown mink has made a massive comeback as the fur of choice for the new generation, who love playing with its ladylike connotations: a hybrid coat of Saga® brown mink with a white intarsia top half, and a slouchy tracksuit hoodie top elevated in soft Saga® brown mink.
The NY fashion week’s optimistic vibes came courtesy of Monse, where a short film starring Erin Wasson was narrated by Nicki Minaj reciting positive affirmations. The feel-good vibes echoed in Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim’s comfy-chic clothes, particularly in a relaxed Saga® Violet Mink coat with Silver Fox wrap stole.
Making the most out of fox’s sculptural potential, Sally LaPointe used Saga® Fox throughout her glamorously laid-back collection. Fox trims upped knitwear’s luxe factor as silvery-tipped garlands snaking their way up arms or as Fox ‘n’ Fabric contrast-colour inserts on asymmetrical sweaters. For outerwear, the designer turned her attention to Saga® Cross Fox, wrapping it around the lower arms of a dark mustard duster, and dyed Saga® Fox in fire engine red and plum for a colour-block coat.
Gurung’s collection opened with a bang with Gigi Hadid in a pink power knit look adorned with substantial white Saga® Fox cuffs. Other standout looks were a jewel-coloured parka, where royal purple fabric was contrasted with a sheared blue byed Saga® Fox collar, and a black coat with a massive Saga® Gold Fox lapel that almost bordered on an oversize stole. The latter really showcased how fur can be a strong and commanding look – perfect for a collection where Gurung explored female power via China’s matriarchal Mosuo tribe and India’s activist group Gulabi Gang.
Adding their names to the brown mink enthusiasts’ club, Kristopher Brock and Laura Vassar used the heritage-led furs to really amp up their antique-inspired romance. Wallpaper florals and pretty ribbons mixed with Saga® Mink outerwear, and mink accents were also used to bring old-world elegance to simple black coats and evening dresses.
Elsewhere on the New York runways, a full-length sheared black mink coat was adorned with mythical animals traced in silver and gold embroidery at Oscar de la Renta. Colour buff Sander Lak achieved a striking bleed effect with his degrade Sies Marjan mink pieces, and Bibhu Mohapatra also played with splashes of jewel colours in intarsia mink outerwear with sporty zippers and fox collars. On Carmen Marc Valvo’s runway embellished eveningwear came with red dyed Silver Fox collar, while Alexander Wang’s predator-like zips-and-leather women stalked the runway in silver mink coats, strappy white mink tops and mink power jackets, carrying mink-strapped backpacks or nineties mink miniature bags.