If anyone understands the importance of fur, it’s New Yorkers. Their icy winters tend to resemble something out of Game of Thrones, and it’s a constant balance of looking chic and avoiding frostbite. Naturally, the city’s designers look to fur to solve this problem, and across the fall 2015 collections, intarsia techniques in beautiful Saga Furs® Fox and Mink set the mood.
Prabal Gurung aced the ‘stay warm-look cool’ brief with a statement Saga Furs® Mink and Fox intarsia coat that drew on the beautiful lines of Native American patterns, and a sumptuously graphic Saga Furs® Shadow Fox and dyed black Blue Fox stole. Sleek woollen coats were framed with the inviting warmth and lightness of Saga Furs® Silver and Shadow fox lapels.
One of the week’s standout stoles came courtesy of Creatures of the Wind, whose free-spirited Americana collection featured a star-spangled banner in the shape of streamlined Saga Furs® Mink intarsia stoles with big stars, worn across body like a sash. The duo also showed cropped Saga Furs® Silver Fox and Cross Fox jackets.
At Altuzarra, supersize Saga Furs® Fawn Light Fox lapels on jackets with nipped-in waists echoed the magnificent fur collars of Victorian times, translated into ultra-glamorous modernity. Elsewhere, the designer used Saga Furs® Shadow Fox, dyed in pastel blue or pink, on seventies-style chubby coats with super long sleeves that eliminated the need for gloves.
Tonal looks are still big, and were done at Jason Wu with a play on textures as he layered a green-tinged plush Saga Furs® Fox gilet under an olive wool jacket and showed a standout glossy olive Saga Furs® Mink coat spliced with a panel of olive and black fox.
Michael Kors does a voluminous fur coat like nobody’s business, and this season, he opened with a Saga Furs® Silver Fox piece with golden stripes along the sleeves, building up to Kendall Jenner in an opulent, feathered Saga Furs® Silver Fox coat dyed blue and black. Another gorgeous look was a Saga Furs® Scanbrown Mink coat sheared into a damask wallpaper pattern.
Sally LaPointe takes a minimal but highly luxurious approach to fur, and worked with the innate beauty of Saga Furs® Sapphire Mink on clean halterneck tops and slouchy jackets with Gold Cross Fox sleeves. Wes Gordon does restrained furs in a nineties-cool vein that have earned him a legion of fans. His Saga Furs® Sapphire Mink coat was sliced with stripes of white mink, and a black-blue Saga Furs® Mink sweatshirt with a keyhole back felt elegantly sporty and fresh.
Fox shone on several runways, like Cushnie et Ochs’ sculptural Saga Furs® Shadow Fox dyed a vivid teal blue and done in the Airgallon technique, and at Suno fluffy Saga Furs® Silver Fox scarves caressed the models’ necks.Carolina Herrera used the lightness of Saga Furs® Fox as airy, luxurious trims on her elegantly arctic looks, like Fox ’n’ Fabric stoles in a herringbone pattern or across delicate evening tops, while Nicole Miller sent out a multi–dyed Saga Furs® Fox ’n’ Fabric jacket and skirt in autumnal colours. Colour also ruled at Francesca Liberatore, where Saga Furs® Fox and Mink in patchwork intarsia patterns and harlequin shapes lent a playful edge to collection.
Elsewhere on the runways, intarsia also made headlines. J Mendel captured modern romance with his take on intarsia mink, where delicate black leaves reached out onto pristine white mink. At Carmen Marc Valvo, Saga Furs® Silver Cross Mink was dyed with a red plaid pattern on a matching coat and scarf to great graphic and luxurious effect.
Peter Copping’s debut at Oscar de la Renta saw him pay homage to the late designer’s signatures, among them fur. Here, a mink coat played on the beautiful contrast between panels of Jaguar Mink and Black Cross Mink, while a softly rounded, collarless mink coat was dyed in alternating shades of orange and burnt caramel.
The week ended on a furry note with Marc Jacobs, who looked to the wonderful world of legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland in a more-is-more show, where spectacular chevron coats were lined with intarsia mink mimicking the same pattern.
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