In hard times of economic downturn majority of designers tried to bring costs to a minimum by creating less expensive and simpler clothing. But there were those who did their best to resist the situation and kept on producing luxurious pieces affordable for high class only. They used plenty of fur and that way established it as a trend, pretty ridiculous at that moment. So, fur has been with us even in that period, no wonder nowadays (during Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012) when people have more money and are more financially stable it stays as popular.
For the fashion season of Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 designers have used loads of fur in their collections. But the trend itself has transformed a bit shifting from total fur look to fur details. Fur is no longer the focus of collections, it’s more of an accepted and ingrained part of those.
For Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 fur trend is best expressed in fur coats, but it also serves well to interpret the season’s other dominant trends. For example, in Gucci Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 collection fur was necessary to show the chic of the 70s.
Fur (all kinds of fur –long, short, faux, real) has been used to trim collars and cuffs as well as sleeves and hems of jackets or skirts. Sleeves could go either full fur or stretch along the entire length of it.
While in previous seasons fur came almost exclusively in more or less natural colors in Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 it arrived dyed in bold, often unexpected hues. Purple, green, blue, red – all these tones of fur are to be trendy this season.
Fur hasn’t only been used on clothing. It also decorated accessories like hats, boots, gloves and even bags.
Groups like PETA have done what they could to stop designers using fur in their collections and we can’t say they haven’t reached their goal, at least to some extent. Now around a third of designers prefer making wearable pieces from fake fur. However, when there is demand there is always supply. So, genuine fur is still widely-used because many customers love it, love the way it feels and looks. It’s just a matter of personal opinions and beliefs that an individual choose what to wear.
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