Longhaired fox and striped mink dominate the AW18 menswear trends

From London to Milan and Paris, the menswear shows offered up some phenomenal fur pieces – many designed in the co-ed, gender-neutral spirit that is gripping fashion right now. And really, a fur coat in many ways has no gender. It’s all down to styling how it comes across.

Two themes stood out at the shows: a strong move towards the natural, wild beauty of Saga® Finnraccoon and Fox, and a clean, precise play on stripes and lines using Saga® Mink. Here, we round up the trends and looks

Wild child VOLUME

Full furs and full speed ahead at Balmain
You could feel Olivier Rousteing’s personal style in the standout fur looks he sent down the runway. Paired with slim leather or vinyl trousers and thrown over a logo trophy sweatshirt, they were all about his high-voltage, assertive luxury. Longhaired, full furs ruled, with a Saga® Gold Fox jacket that hit all the right retro notes, and a baggy, hooded Saga® Finnraccon piece with major attitude.

Rodeo chic for the Rodeo Drive crowd at Dsquared2
“We love a theme”, Dean and Dan Caten told us backstage as their models were lining up in rodeo-inspired, romantic Mid-Western looks. The girls stole the show in megawatt Saga® Finnraccoon coats: a sumptuous plaid jacket elevated with a massive Finnraccoon trim, and Kendall Jenner closing in a va-va-voom Saga® Finnraccoon coat with opulent sleeve embroidery.

Astrid Andersen nailed streetwear opulence
Astrid Andersen’s demi-couture furs from her Bespoke collection proved why the designer has become a go-to for modern streetwear opulence. Andersen used Saga® Mink, Fox and Finnraccoon on pieces with nods to sportswear and classic heritage tailoring – courtside style for the rapper basketball crowd and a new generation of fur fans. For more on Andersen’s collection, read our interview with the designer here. https://www.sagafurs.com/corporate/news/fur-integrity-astrid-andersen-bespoke-collection/

Geometry and stripes

 Fendi’s modern vintage game was on point
You know that iconic Fendi women’s Astuccio coat from 1971 in let-out mink? Back then, the floor-length cape made striking use of natural mink stripe colouring to create graphic lines, and still looks incredibly contemporary to this day. For her men’s AW18 collection, Silvia Venturini Fendi had pinned the seventies fur piece on her mood board, and it echoed in a lustrous brown Saga® Mink jacket, where the Fendi monogram was intarsia’ed into a cross-body band. Similarly, its forward-thinking design was felt in a mink jacket version of a hoodie, incorporating diagonal colourful intarsia lines and the Fendi monogram alongside the pure beauty of Violet Mink. True to Fendi’s casual yet hyper-luxurious spirit, every piece was reversible.

The muff is back courtesy of Thom Browne
As our Fur Vision forecast predicted, new ways of playing with lines have emerged. Thom Browne sent out a black and white intarsia Saga® Mink muff – a strong statement piece that will no doubt make its way into a few women’s wardrobes, too.