Fur Fashion Gets To man’ Up

While women’s fashion has paid an extensive homage to androgynous styles in the past few seasons, like Ralph Lauren, Yigal Azroul and Undercover; menswear has seen its own deference to fur fashion, when it took on the challenge of mannish trends, setting a very definite path for the future.

Keeping the opulence that sets it apart; fur fashion in menswear for the coming Autumn/Winter season sees designers utilising its natural properties for comfort, warmth and luxury looks, all while creating a more masculine vibe. The AW 2011/2012 season really triggered the new trend, as it saw many fur-based styles creeping in to the male repertoire from the likes of Antonio Azzuolo and his manly mittens and Band of Outsiders charming with scarves and full coats while Loden Dager brought scarves and shearling biker. Burberry chivalrously offered their must-have animal print peaked cap and Custo Barcelona, a contrast coat, alongside Diesel Black and Gold’s mannish shearling linings and lapels, the fox collars of Zang Toi or rabbit from Zero + Maria Cornejo. Duckie Brown got gallant in Toscana lamb coats, as the trims of Marc by Marc Jacobs gave the Parka some virility and fur guru’s Fendi served up that masterful machismo on full multi-colour fox coat.

This year, menswear has embraced the elegance of fur fashion like never before, as seen with some dominance at Men’s Fashion Week for Autumn/Winter 2012/2013, held at Italy’s main stage of Milan in January 2012. While men’s designer fashion has brought back many of its treasured heavier materials and fabrics such as tweed and jacquard for the cooler months; the materials of velvet, cashmere and fur have been added for a much smoother, softer and sophisticated contrast.

Notable collections looked to the super smart stylings of legendary fashion house, Gucci. Their pleasing combination of dark hues, such as teal, burgundy and navy, sat seamlessly alongside fitted modes with displays of fur throughout their sharp suits and double breasted jackets like boxy peacoats or more casual coats like the oversized or waist-hugging aviator and cropped biker.

Giorgio Armani’s effortless chic struck a chord once more as the fitted fur-infused jackets and gillets sumptuously sauntered down the runway. Mainly in greys and trademark blacks, their seductive high sheen lit up the catwalk, with other fur styles of full coats in natural neutrals. Versace never fails to bring the bright with broad fur lapel overcoats in radical reds, big shawl fur collars on colourful cardis or new takes on the aviator styles, whether sleeveless, cropped or three quarter length, with vastly contrasting materials and tones to awaken the senses. Michael Kors checked-in with Tartan-esque style, using mittens, fur collars and mid-length fur coats as a soothing distinction, while Gazzarrini stuck to more traditional styles with their parka and aviator, as Lanvin exaggerated the themes with emphasis on the collars in menswear for a fitting foray into fur fashion.