A strong, sensual and hyper-glamorous start to the winter fur season.
If the New York shows are anything to go by, then we are in for an extravagant season of full fur coats in sumptuous fox and mink. Saga Furs works with some of the city’s top names, who gravitate towards the beauty and versatility of ethical fur to realise their modern takes on luxury. And with sustainability taking priority everywhere in the industry right now, fur is a natural and clear choice in shaping the future of fashion.
The sheared Saga® Mink turbans dyed in rich hues of ruby, chocolate and black at Victor Glemaud were a gorgeous testament to the effortless and tactile attributes of fur. Dedicated to the designer’s Haitian heritage via his upbringing in Queens, New York (and his best friend, Danish designer Camilla Stærk, who is rarely without her Karen Blixen-esque turban), they wrapped the models’ heads with all the draping-like qualities of fabric but elevated with the unparalleled lavishness of glossy mink.
Picture the dusty orange and lilac-pink landscapes of the great American canyons, undulating with dark shadows, and you have the palette of two spectacular Saga® Fox coats in the Checkerboard technique at Vivienne Hu. Inspired by all things Americana, she also showed a short, full Saga® Fox intarsia jacket, beautifully sculpted thanks to the natural volume of the fur. For the modern cowgirl, there were Saga® Fox-trimmed crocodile boots with subtle metal studs.
There was wild applause for pretty much every look in LaQuan Smith’s slinky, skin-tight and hyper-sexy show with its phenomenal black and white pieces in collaboration with Saga Furs. Supermodel Daphne Groeneveld strutted her stuff in a glittery dress and snow white Saga® Fox jacket alongside full Helmut Newton-worthy furs: a white full Saga® Fox coat and a tiny leather and Saga® Mink dress. The witty, supersized fur accessories also earned ample praise on Instagram with Saga® Mink bags declaring in intarsia letters: ‘I’m moving out’ and ‘Hoe bag’.
Look one at Sergio Hudson – a black and white Saga® Fox intarsia coat – set the tone for the designer’s ode to glitzy eighties and nineties glamour. Hudson named it one of his favourites from the collection, which could have doubled as Whitney Houston’s wardrobe for The Bodyguard. Two additional full furs done in collaboration with Saga Furs stood out: an intense Prussian blue Saga® Fox jacket and a black Saga® Fox coat – pieces you could easily imagine on Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé, who both wear Hudson.
Another New York designer who trades in showstopping glamour is Christian Cowan, whose furs spell wild and extravagant fun. An off-shoulder swimsuit paired with a Saga® Blue Fox jacket and sequin mesh tights? Cowan’s your man. Ditto a sassy Saga® Fox bolero dyed to resemble skunk, worn over a crystal-encrusted mini dress. A black Saga® Mink hoodie took athleisure to a whole new luxury level while a cocooning leopard print Saga® Fox coat with a Saga Golden Pearl Mink belt hit all the right party girl notes.
Continuing his love affair with fur, Romeo Hunte this season focused on combination furs in his powerful and sustainably-centred outerwear, showing a series of hybrid pieces using Saga Furs: dyed Saga® Fox-lined coats, a chartreuse off-shoulder Saga® Mink coat and intarsia Saga® Mink jackets. Two of the standout looks were a natural fox and sheared mink hybrid coat and a camouflage-coloured Saga® Fox puffer with chartreuse mink.
Sally LaPointe understands the statement power of single-colour looks, always incorporating the softness and visual interest of fur to contrast her luxe silks and leathers. For AW20 this included chocolate and royal purple Saga® Fox outerwear, and LaPointe also applied her tonal wizardry to Saga® Fox or Mink scarves that doubled as nonchalant coat lapels in chartreuse, teal and steel.
Aliétte, Bibhu Mohapatra and Marina Moscone
Flying the flag for the lasting beauty of vintage fur sustainability, Aliétte sent out an upcycled two-tone mink coat – very much in the vein of the chic natural mink outwear we’ve been seeing on fashion week showgoers – and a shimmery metallic modern disco jacket with a white fox collar. Bibhu Mohapatra’s Saga® Fox coat felt like a modern take on renaissance fur with its halo collar and lynx-like pattern while Marina Moscone wowed with a bottle green Saga® Mink lapel and sky blue mink bag.
Images: Vogue Runway and @wearefur