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Fashion into the Woods: A New Camo for 2013?

Within a few short weeks the Fall 2013-Winter 2014 collections will be unveiled for all to see. To say that we are excited at the prospect of seeing new fashion trends unravel is an understatement, we can’t stop thinking about what newly devised techniques designers are going to be adopting this time around!

August 2012 Fashion Editorials – Best in Fur

Super Fall Trends: WHITE

Fur Vests – A Super Fur Fashion Trend for 2012-2013

Jasper Conran – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

2012 was a good fashion year by all accounts, especially on the fur fashion front. From full fur looks to details and accessories, fur helped transform articles of clothing into show-stopping marvels. What was particularly impressive was how fur was worked and reworked to often camouflage itself into quasi textiles via embroideries, dyes, shearing, and even intarsia design work.

Christian Dior – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Christian Cota – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Fendi – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

It isn’t a surprise that designers reference the world around them, often channeling popular culture to great effect. This was clearly evident in the way fur designer trailblazers like Frédéric Castet at Christian Dior and Jean-Paul Avizou at Revillon presented fur a generation ago. Today’s designers are re-embracing this “no holds barred” creative approach and moving progressively forward full steam ahead!

Prada – Spring-Summer 2013

Twiggy with a flower drawn on her eye, Vogue, July 1967 (Giorgio di Sant’ Angelo collaborated with photographer Richard Avedon to create this iconic Vogue cover)

David Doma – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

(detail) A group of Portuguese Nanban foreigners, by Murayama Tōan (17th century, Japan)

Miu Miu – Spring-Summer 2013

“The Marriage of Reason and Squalor, II” by Frank Stella, 1959

For those who are versed in Decorative Arts or even home design, more than a few fur techniques seem to oddly parallel parquetry work and even woood grain texture.   That’s the beauty of fur’s texture and how light reflects onto the fur.  A little herringbone pattern parquetry style or some newly devised wood grain stenciling has a tremendous effect and the wow-factor might simply make  “wood”  a trending term this upcoming fashion calendar.

The Floor-Scrapers, by Gustave Caillebotte, 1875 (Musée d’Orsay)

Dennis Basso – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Parquet panel – oak and walnut

Saint Laurent – Spring-Summer 2013

Herringbone parquet

Realtree Camo Case for iPhone

Missoni – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Realtree pink camo purse

The fall 2013 collections will be here soon!  We can’t wait to see what creative twists and turns they will bring!

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