Real or faux - fur adds chic finish to winter style

A touch of fur, real or faux adds style and warmth to your winter looks.

A touch of fur, real or faux adds style and warmth to your winter looks.

Joanne Richard, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:46 PM ET

Bring on the freezing. Wrapped up in winter’s wow trend, embrace the cold in this bold stand-out style. Real or fake, fur is a hot detail this season, a luxe essential for cold weather chic.

“Fur is a great way to stay warm without sacrificing glamour,” says Canadian designer Linda Lundstrom.

“Both earthy and glamorous, what else can give you the air of a rock priestess and an elegant icon all at once?”

It’s a no-fail favourite, says Lundstrom, perfect for bundling up and sumptuous layering but also taking your look "from zero to heroine faster that a swath of fur.”

Fashion experts agree: Just add fur and it’s an instant touch of luxe to your winter style, says Heather Hopkins, a spokesperson for Gap Canada. “From trims on hoods and collars to accessories like gloves, neck warmers and hats, it’s a chic finish to any winter look.”

Faux fur adds a touch of style, and its texture adds an element of interest to seasonal outerwear classics, says Hopkins. It has the power to simply transform a look and take it to the next level.

 

The trend is a return to opulence and elegance, fueled by movies like Anna Karenina, says Headmistress designer Jillian Wood, whose chic creations at loveheadmistress.com are made from upcycled vintage fur.

 

Her fur headbands are a hot seller as well as her fur muffs that double as purses. She named her 2012 fall/winter collection after influential Canadian women, including Jeanne Beker, Alanis Morissette and Shania Twain.

“The pieces that I make are from coats that are anywhere from 20 to 50 years old. Everyone’s mother or grandmother had one and up until recently, they were just hanging in the closet collecting dust,” says the Toronto-based designer.

“Fur has been hot for a few seasons now… and I see no signs of it slowing down,” says Wood. “The tide is turning on the bad rap that fur has had for years, especially because of the proliferation of upcycled fur being used.”

There’s no fur flying for Wood since upcycling vintage fur is eco-friendly and gives new life to the tossed and found. “Fur is warm, looks great and there is plenty of it in vintage form out there. Here at Headmistress, we make useful and beautiful things out of it and produce them entirely in Canada.

Meanwhile, Lundstrom’s recently launched L collection features leather and fur accessories, including indigo-dyed red fox and sheared beaver shawl collars.

 

"The bottom line is this isn’t your grandmother’s dusty fur coat," says Lundstrom, who adds that working with wild furs allows her to express support for aboriginal trappers. "Fur is a renewable, sustainable resource and I use only those (pelts) which are abundant in nature."

 

Fur fashion tips:

  • Mix it with casual basics. From denim to jersey, throw on fur toppers with classic everyday pieces to give them a quick update.
  • The fur scarf is one of the season’s top trends. Wear it with crisp tailoring, even to the office. It’s all about the juxtaposition.
  • Break out unexpected hues in the new ombré and multi-tonal furs.
  • Explore fur and leather’s lighter sides in pale shades and pair strikingly with black. Wear close to the face to instantly brighten your complexion.
  • Fur makes such a bold statement so pair it with toned-down extras.

 


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