With a flurry of artisanal fur pieces, Paris wrapped the AW14 season on a high note: in collaboration with Saga Furs, designers explored the beauty of Saga Furs® Mink, Fox and Finnraccoon to craft incredible fur-filled collections showcasing the wealth of innovative new fur techniques that continue to place fur at the pinnacle of luxury fashion.
Jean Paul Gaultier took to the skies with his anglophile JPG Airlines, where Saga Furs® Violet Mink was used to dream up an extravagant padded flight suit and the iconic orange high-visibility lining of an MA-1 jacket was translated into a dyed Saga Furs® Mink scarf and full fox stole. Gaultier flew the British Flag with an intarsia Saga Furs® Mink Union Jack gilet and hinted at futuristic space travel with an exquisite sculpted Saga Furs® White Finnraccoon jacket, where the underwool had been tinted green.
At Balmain, Olivier Rousteing took us on an opulent safari, sending out dyed orange or yellow cropped Saga Furs® Finnraccoon jackets that swayed softly as the models walked by. A short cheetah-print skirt was set off by ultra-glossy Saga Furs® Mink dyed a deep royal purple.
For her debut show at Leonard, couturier Yiqing Yin deftly showed two statement fur pieces: a voluminous belted Saga Furs® Silver Fox coat that underscored the natural beauty of its markings and a showstopping Saga Furs® Silver Fox, Shadow and Platinum Fox coat.
Elsewhere, the intarsia technique ruled supreme. At Saint Laurent, Hedi Slimane’s waifs riffed on the sixties and wrapped themselves in black and white polka dot intarsia Saga Furs® Fox and a psychedelic intarsia Saga Furs® Mink coat fashioned into wavy stripes. A slouchy granddad cardigan got the ultimate makeover in light caramel Saga Furs® Mink.
Valentino also explored intarsia in a jaw-dropping Saga Furs® Mink coat strewn with pastel flowers that were mimicked on the leather lining, and Chloé used intarsia on a wild-child Saga Furs® Fox coat dyed in a cheetah print and scattered with patches of red and peach intarsia accents.
There was also a sense of wild beauty at Alexander McQueen’s fur extravaganza, where models stalked a fairy tale moorland landscape in haunting silhouettes sprouting feral Saga Furs® Arctic Finnraccoon. Hooded coats fused Saga Furs® Arctic and White Finnraccoon, while couture-like organza dresses were dotted with tufts of mink that grew into Saga Furs® White Finnraccon.
At Givenchy, a stunning segment of pale powder pink Saga Furs® Mink and Fox coats set off by the soft ripples of matching astrakhan proved that pink fur can be the epitome of grown-up elegance. And drawing on the sublime beauty of Saga Furs® Silver Cross Mink, Lanvin showed an exquisite softly coat with matching accents of mink and fox.
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Joint fur auctions begin in Helsinki on 11 March