Designers expressed the sustaining masculine attraction of fur as a vital element of winter survival gear and an adventurous means of stating warm emotion at London menswear shows. Macho meets cosy at the intersection of today’s fashion culture for men.
Burberry made statements in fur that were amplified by the culture, like the fox coat, a beefy historical style that can’t help but spark mental images of the film everybody’s talking about, “The Revenant.” Christopher Bailey has acknowledged David Bowie’s influence on fashion – an impromptu decision was made to play the late pop icon’s music at the show – and can be seen in an intarsia-crafted mink jacket and a two-toned bomber jacket. A more subdued and Burberry-esque style was the long parka coat with a luxurious fox-trimmed hood.
Baartmans & Siegel made a total-look statement with their back to the roots all-fox calf-length coat that speaks utility and cosy warmth. Coats varied from a belted overcoat with a ‘70s style, huge fox collar detail to a shorn and full mink with leather trim.
Astrid Andersen seasoned her street styles with fox: a hood on a detailed long parka, astounding headwear, a workingman’s jacket and her patterned fabric jacket. Belstaff added fox-trimmed hoods to classic ski parkas for a rougher manly look, and they used similar detailing on motorcycle jacket-parka hybrids.