We saw indigo denim strongly represented on the global fashion landscape these past few seasons, classic prints getting a total revamp with photo-processing and, more recently, plenty of references to classic designs in modernized forms. But Fall 2014-Winter 2015 will stand out as an original season full of surprises and excitements with color leading the way.
Gone are the conventional furs echoing the little dark bourgeois mink coat of the 1950’s-1960’s; today, designers are embracing the unexpected and the creative by offering wildly colorful creations that may appear like woven/printed textiles from afar, but are actually marvels in fur construction.
The subtlety of designs/treatments and graphic visual excesses are reestablishing the importance of artistry and craftsmanship and the exclusivity these skills bring to garment construction. These fur coats and jackets may not be haute couture per se, but they are surely getting close to it.
Mink is really getting the greatest mileage out of this trend. Through intricate intarsia applications different planes of hued mink are reworked into every imaginable pattern and design reflecting a broad range of artistic influences. The mink’s shorter hair, while still richly textural, offers a flexibility that easily translates into sportier looks.
The more simple and geometric designs may be more easily accepted by the mainstream as they are easier to incorporate into the average wardrobe. Who can resist a bold plaid or fun polka dot?
We especially appreciate that designers are utilizing a great variety of fur types with distinct textures for intarsia designs, going well beyond the traditional sheared beaver or mink. Things are progressing democratically, providing so many more options to choose from. And that is really what fashion is all about!