Here is my review of the important fur coat fashion looks for
Autumn 2011 and Winter 2012. The use of fur worked especially well with
sixties baby doll and seventies hippy chic themes.
When selecting a fur coat which can make wearers look bulkier
check that the proportions are correct for your own body
silhouette. Careful selection and trying on of many styles and
fabric weights will ensure that there is an ideal fur coat
waiting for you in a store nearby.
For Autumn 2011 Winter 2012 note the vivid rich jewel colours of
amethyst, sapphire, emerald, ruby pink and ruby red, citrine,
amber and orange garnet. In fur these colours have striking
effects. When worked as retro 60s cute coats they exude a
Both of these colourful sixties inspired fur coats were from
Variations of purple fur colours embraced every fur coat
style and more are shown further down this fur coat article.
Left - Philosophy AW11 Fur 60s Coat.
Right - Tommy Hilfiger AW11 Aubergine Fur Pea Coat.
Left - Marni AW11 - Rich Russet Red Fur Coat.
Right - Marni AW11 - Rich Sea Green Short Cocoon Fur Coat.
Right - Diane Von Furstenberg AW11 Sea Green Fur Jacket.
Right - BHS Short Fur Coat.
Left - Manish Arora AW11 - Fur Purple Cape.
Right - River Island AW11 WW Campaign Purple Fur. Stockist
Number: 0208 991 4904.
faux fur coats in bright colours such as
purple, navy, claret, teal, caramel and honey have surfaces that
are set in rows like traditional skins were once used. Shearling
and Mongolian fur has been dyed to bright colours. Purple and
aubergine toned dyed fur was a popular choice.
Left - Dyed Shearling Jacket Emporio Armani.
Right - Emilio Pucci AW11 - Purple Aubergine Fox Fur Coat.
Seventies hippy chic took advantage of bright colours in
fashion and maxed out old Afghan Style Boho coats but with a new
twist. Shearling and coloured Shearling was a popular designer
choice especially at Gucci. Retailers everywhere have copied the
catwalk look even in brilliant colours like purple. Many more
use soft and dark greys or cinnamon and taupe colours
which are more wearer subtle.
Left - Gucci AW11 - Pink Coat & Fur Accessories.
Right - AW11 Seventies Afghan Style Coat Gucci AW11.
Hats complimented these seventies silhouette coats. The
Fedora hat, the Trilby hat and the Cloche hat all added to the
retro feel of catwalk remix shows. These hats are an easy look
for the high street chains to add to their ranges.
Snakeskin is the material of Autumn 2011. Now designers play more with reptilian prints
such as crocodile, python and alligator. The must-have 'it' print of the
moment is snakeskin. It's used not just
for boots and shoes, but also for belts, bags and
fabric prints. Snakeskin is the pattern foundation used for vibrant colour prints
in rich hues of sea green and golden tones.
Sea Green Furs
Left - Luxury Opulent Fur Looks From Gucci AW11.
Coat From Louis Vuitton AW11.
Forties to Seventies Remix Glamour
Snakeskin with Sweeping Forties Fur Collars From Gucci AW11.
Note the Fedora hat
and there was an acknowledgement to 70s sunglasses and pussy bow blouses.
Snakeskin imagery is also being used
in jewellery, scarves, spectacles, footwear and handbags. I love
the snakeskin bangles at Harvey Nichols and the snakeskin boots
two-tone fur material has been used extensively on parka coats.
Tipped multi dyed fur also lent itself to all sorts of chubby
coat, jackets, gilet, hood, ear
muffs, detachable tippets and fur collar variations.
Left - Roland Mouret Tipped Fur Jacket AW11.
Right - Pringle of Scotland AW11 - Chubby Fur Coat.
These short brown faux fur jackets have more than one colour in
them, incorporating golden tones as orange gains fashion kudos.
Left - Contoured Fur Jacket By Missguided AW11.
Centre - Luca Luca Fur jacket.
Right - Choc Speckled Belted Fur Coat Jacket - Internacionale
Stockist Number: 0141 552 2020.
Fashion fabrics for Autumn 2011 are simply fabulous. Fashion
designers chose materials with superb tactile qualities and
Hour Glass Waists
Buttoned up sexiness emerges with hour glass silhouettes.
This autumn fashion trend is setting the tone for future styles
with feminine waistlines reveal that girls still have curves.
This is wearable Mad Men fashion - less perfect, more 'now'.
Additionally, the colour palette is of autumn 2011, not a season of fifty years
Valentin Yudashkin AW11 - Fitted Waist Fur Coat.
Centre - Purple Mink and Leather Fur Coat - Malandrino.
Right - Coat by Oscar De La Renta AW11.
Statement skirts add
sculptured lines. These figure shaping seam lines reinforce the swagger
when a woman moves and wiggles as she walks. Think small waists and
get some great sculpting body wear under foundation garments
like Gok Wan, Playtex, Berlei or Spanx body wear from sellers
such as Woods or Figleaves. Otherwise you may need to sign
on at the gym and ensure yours fridge is health food filled
For fifties trends make sure your hem falls on or below the
knee. This emphasis on the waist is reinforced by both the
sheath and fitted shift dress and the pencil skirt. The sheath
dress drapes and fits to create a figure-of-eight fashion form.
These fur coats emulate that fifties feel.
Fur Capes - Ideal for Evening
Make a stunning entrance at Christmas parties
wearing fur capes over your favourite evening pants or dress.
Left - Marc Jacobs AW11 Fur Cape.
Right - Issa Fur Elbow Length Cape - Issa AW11.
Left - Athena Fur Coat, £95/ €150 - Monsoon/Accessorize
These two capes below are just different colours of
the same capelet. They are the winter alternative shoulders
cover-up to the
For something more covering these capes both from Monsoon
Accessorize offer a
little more length. The damson fur cape would be very versatile as a
winter short coat substitute. The cream cape offers both evening
and bridal glamour.
Catwalk Fur Capes
Leopard print has been a huge trend over the
past decade and now leopard print is a classic.
Left - Ralph Lauren Leopard Print Cape - Catwalk Coats Fashion AW11.
Right - Cape Influence Leopard Print Distressed Leather Jacket
With Kidassia Goat Collar Trim.
Catwalk Leopard Print Fur Gilets
Gilets in leopard prints featured in several catwalk shows for
Left - Leopard Print Fur Gilet from Anna Sui AW11.
Left - Dior Leopard Printed Mink Gilet.
Left - Moschino Leopard Stencilled Rabbit Coat
With Dyed Black Fox Trim.
Right - Ferragamo AW11 Stencilled Mink Coat.
Animal is now such a classic print that designers are using
rainbow colours with these traditional motifs. Leopard print
three quarter jackets are ideal winter coats for use casually
with trousers or as a luxury touch for evening. Last year I
bought faux fur Biba Leopard coat. It proved to be a very
successful buy for the arctic snowy winter we had and best of
all is such a classic item that it will be just as fashionable
this year as it was in 2010.
Left - Oasis AW11 - Fake Fur Leopard Print
Right - Leopard Print Coat at very.co.uk.
Right - Miss Selfridge Faux Fur Leopard Print Coat £89.
Left - Leopard Faux Fur Coat £69.
Right - Dorothy Perkins Brown Animal Leopard Coat, Contrast
The Overall Volume Look Autumn 2011 - This includes Cocoon Coats, padded
fur sleeves in coats and jackets. Full blouson sleeves sometimes
morph into cape shoulder styles or cape sleeves.
Look out for fuzzy fabrics, furry textures, goat hair, teased
mohair and soft cosy pieces that make you want to get closer.
Boucle wool sleeves on cardigan coats offer high
street value options to compliment catwalk designers take on fur panels
on coats sleeves.
Faux fur is used extensively with whole garments and fur trim
collars, tippets and bag flaps all getting the fur or skin
treatments. Chubby shorter fur coats are always winter warmer
seasonal must-haves - Karan knows this and showed chubby coats
at DKNY. Marina Rinaldi has some luxury fur coats that are
both sleek and stylish, perfect for plus size women who long for
high fashion and enough material to cover lumps and bumps.
Rich texture is easiest to do if you select fur collars and jackets
of fur. Maribou feathers in rich jewel colours add exotic
alternative texture to hems, cuffs and necklines. After that try baroque brocade fabrics or crocodile and
textures in bags, footwear and fabrics. Shearling handbags and
Mongolian furs add texture that is layered to enhance contrast.
You will fall in love with mixture of textures from
subtle languid fluid silks to coarser hairier and sports
fabrics. Silk and silk/wool mixes are the winter must-have
fabrics. Other luxury materials such as silk panne velvet make
the perfect luxury fabric for winter festive coats.
Coat Accessory & Add-ons Autumn 2011
Bags Tippets Gloves
Get instant lift with a bright bold fashionable handbag. Carry
your bag in an obvious no handle grasp under your arm as hug me
pouches. Well try it for the season and see how much it
irritates you compared with underarm handle
Update your autumn pieces that with jewel toned court shoes.
Select a heel that suits you and try a small platform for the
The Mary Jane shoe has multiple straps and worn with patterned hosiery/pantyhose
adds retro quality to leg looks. Pump shoes have shorter
pointed toes and easy heels. Solid square heels and cone
heels follow 1970s trends in
women's shoes. Platforms and wedges, which are still available,
often have fur cuff trims.
Fetish fashion themes are a
shoe designer's dream as they enable a play in design terms that
goes beyond usual shoe design boundaries. Best of all this
season your local shop may stock them rather than a
specialist catalogue. Even the most reluctant wearer of fashion
might be persuaded into the purchase of a pair of quirky shoes
or boots and use them to update last year's coat.
The key elements of fashion trends for autumn 2011, winter
2012 depend on longer lengths and bold rich vibrant colours in
contrast textures and luxury fabrics. The silhouette pays homage
to forties, sixties and seventies decades of style fashions.
Conclusion of Key Fashion Trends Autumn 2011 Winter 2012
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