The artistry and creativity behind fur is exploding!!! With various treatments vying for fashion recognition, colorful splashes and unconventional spins are all bringing the traditional fur coat/jacket into the spotlight and into uncharted artistic territory.
Designers today have embraced the visual and textural boost that fur provides, cleverly incorporating touches of fur in a wide range of designs. Painterly applications of fur to all types of garments defies expectations. From appliqué fur touches embracing surface treatment as canvas to cleverly reworked embroidery designs, fur is shifting predictable visual garment perceptions.
This decorative twist requires a skilled hand at the complex technique of INTARSIA to deliver the fantastically creative and visually arresting results. Intarsia, in case you forgot, is a very time-consuming fur design treatment paralleling découpage in which individual swatches of fur are sewn together in a mosaic-like manner. This technique requires a fully developed and thematic design in advance in order to combine chosen fur types and colors, precisely cut the sections with a razor blade and sew them into a given arrangement.
For this season the runways were full of fresh, artistic fur and fur-trimmed looks reflecting extraordinary creativity and brimming with energy and innovation. Some actually reference works of art and art movements. These creations are undeniably not for wallflower types, but their subversive cool-factor is influential.
Their Pop Culture meets Pop Art savvy sensibility is allowing for the greater fashion community to sit back, observe, and accept that a little fun goes a long way. There is something for everyone…and plenty of options to make individual style statements.
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