From J Mendel and BCBG Max Azria to Prada and Fendi, fur is one of the main comebacks on the international fall/ winter runways this year. But, you don’t have to go for the real thing and invite the wrath of animal welfare organisations: fake fur is much cheaper and far more ethical. It is also getting trendier with the fashion forward populace.
Faux fur-based clothes and accessories that are scorching the ramps this season include animal print bags, jumpsuits, clutches, beanies, boyfriend jeans, faux fur vests and over-the-knee boots. Also hot on the block this season are faux fur lace-up boots, leggings, lace-up heels, statement necklaces, sequined dresses, peep toe shoes, studded boots and cardigans.
If that’s not enough, more faux stuff that’ll take the streets by storm this year includes plaid, denim vests, fingerless gloves, leather gloves and pencil skirts all with a touch of fur that won’t harm any beasts.
Even celebrities are embracing the trend. Recently, pop star Ke$ha showed her dedication to animal rights by designing a collection of faux fur fashion. “My first album was called Animal, and I’m also the ambassador for the Humane Society International, so leopard print is a recurring theme in my look, which I like to wear because it brings out the animal inside,” she says. Fashion labels such as Ralph Lauren and Chanel have also promoted the use of fake fur.
In the past, faux fur looked similar to real, but wasn’t convincing enough. The craftsmanship lacked sophistication. However, improvements in production are making it harder to distinguish between the two. Improved technology gives designers more options to apply it on all types of clothing. Along with the improved quality, the lower price point is a bonus.