Flashy and fearless as ever, fur ruled this year’s fall runways from New York to Paris.
Countless couture houses and designers showcased their elaborate collections highlighting the best fur had yet to offer, including, coats, handbags, hats and yes, even t-shirts!
Designer labels, like Giorgio Armani, whom vowed to stop using fur, were caught flaunting skins on the catwalk. Not to mention, the likes of Penelope Cruz, Eva Mendes and Khloe Kardashian, whom once proclaimed, “Fur? I’d rather go naked!” have traded in their faux accessories for the real deal.
Despite the rise of the anti-fur movement from the 1980s-1990s, animal rights organizations, like PETA and “united” celebrity spokesmodels, have yet to see the last of it.
According to the Fur Information Council of America (FICA), retail fur sales in the United States rose 3.1% in 2010.
FICA also determined that $1.3 billion worth of retail business sales were conducted in 2010, based on how much retailers’ gross sales had changed from the previous year. These findings cover all fur items, including fur apparel, shearlings, accessories, and any other product containing some amount of real fur, plus services such as storage and alterations.
The survey further found that mink remains the most popular of the furs, which accounts for 70% of all fur sold at retail. Sheared mink, knitted fur, broadtail, fox and beaver have also gathered quite the revenue within these past few years.
Whether you choose to go real, faux or bare, fur is not to be overlooked this winter.
As the days approaching grow even longer and chillier, get inspired to warm up this season with these timeless pieces:
Photos provided by www.furinsider.com
About contributing writer Vita Duva:
Born and raised in New Jersey, Vita Duva has been digging into fashion since she could remember. It all began in her mother’s closet, where she developed a knack for reinventing vintage treasures with an edge. Holding a B.A. in English-communications from Salve Regina University, she was fortunate to study abroad both in England and Italy. Duva pulls inspiration not only from her colorful travels, but also from creative writing, black-and-white photography, film, music, and art. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.