Floral mink, an explosion of colour and summery, weightless fox: those were the three key trends to emerge from the spring/summer 2016 runways. Each one translates effortlessly into easily wearable looks, from sumptuous fox stoles wrapped around bare, sun-kissed shoulders to vibrant, openwork mink jackets.
This season, spring’s ubiquitous floral motif feels fresh and exciting thanks to the way designers have rendered it in fur. At Oscar de la Renta, turquoise and pink mink tiles formed a burst of pretty blooms on sheer coats, while Giambattista Valli’s haute couture collection featured appliqué roses crawling over a white fur coat. Intarsia also lends itself perfectly to artful flora: Thom Browne’s came in pastel mink while Gucci did green spring buds on a brown mink coat, bringing symbolic new life to a treasured classic
Airy summer lightness
With still more designers eyeing fur’s endless possibilities, fox and mink are increasingly used in spring collections. The lightness of Fox-on-Fabric is ideal for summer cover-ups, like Dennis Basso’s openwork coat with wispy fox on the lower part. Fendi crafted red sheared mink into a beautiful basket weave cropped jacket, while white mink elevated a sporty, sleeveless dress at Jason Wu. Exposed shoulders are a major trend right now, making feathery fox stoles a natural addition, like Yiqing Yin’s spectacular haute couture Smokey Fox and Gold Cross Fox hybrid.
Over the rainbow
From My Little Pony pastels to glow-in-the-dark colour, dyed fur continues to thrill, not least with street style stars. Spring/Summer’s offerings were like a candy shop: Ermanno Scervino did pretty in pink with a sherbet mink jacket, Saint Laurent sent out a lemon sorbet-hued Arctic Marble Frost Fox cape and Jean Paul Gaultier raised the bar for the bomber jacket with an orange mink version for his couture show. The trend extends perfectly to accent fox stoles, as seen at Sonia Rykiel in electric yellow and with Miu Miu’s Arctic Marble Frost Fox dyed in kingfisher blue or purple.
Jun 2, 2016