Accessories for Autumn
Autumn is in the air, and with it comes a drop in temperatures as the leaves fall from the trees. As we begin to seek out the cosy and warm in our wardrobes, fur fashion comes into its own as the perfect companion for those chillier days, with its warmth and softness proving the ideal companion.
Fortunately, this season we’ll be spoilt for choice. The runways have exploded with a wealth of colours and styles fresh for the coming months, all perfectly combining fur’s inherent luxurious appeal with its ability to keep us toasty warm. Burberry turned heads with their peaked cap in black and white calf print in mink, while Louis Vuitton’s designs in shearling lamb looked just the part to keep the chill out. Caroline Charles showed off a spectacularly elegant cloche hat in brown shearling, while John Richmond made sure your ears will be toasty warm with some silver fox earmuffs.
Capelets and boleros proved popular as ever for the coming season, with a range of styles to suit every occasion and outfit. Bibhu Mohapatra provided some fabulous examples, in particular a long goat hair piece with detail in shredded chiffon, while Aminaka Wilmont, Anna Sui, and Elie Saab displayed beautiful capelets featuring feathers and animal print on mink and rabbit fur. Kate Moss may have brought gilets and vests back into popular appeal, but they remain a wardrobe favourite – and with the unique ability to instantly glam up any outfit, as demonstrated by Diane Von Furstenberg’s long Mongolian lamb creation and Blugirl’s belted fox fur piece – ideal for transforming any casual outfit into something for the evening.
Gloves are a vital addition to any outfit once the mercury drops below a certain point, but with this season’s offerings you can be sure that they’ll be perfectly in-keeping with your ensemble. Look to Antonio Azzuolo for some oversized white fox mittens in striking black and white, which are every bit as cosy as they are classy, or for a more sleek look you can rely on Donna Karan’s designs with lamb trim. But fur cuffs aren’t just limited to the wrists: Kenzo’s fox spats prove that they have a place in footwear too, as do John Richmond’s designs for booties and sandals.
Prada’s success with their must-have fox fur stole has paved the way for brightly colours neckwear across the board, with designers such as Tfank, Marc Valvo, and Gucci all continuing the trend for colour blocking and bold tones in scarves and stoles. And, once you’ve selected the perfect piece, you can complete your outfit with a gorgeous handbag – purses, clutches and pouches were shown off in abundance on the runways, resplendent in Autumnal colours in a huge range of styles, such as the Finn Raccoon shoulder bag from Dsquared2 with leather strap, and Dries Van Noten’s gorgeous rabbit creation.
Finally, top it off with some mink framed sunglasses from Givenchy or a wide mink belt from Miu Miu. With so much choice in such a huge range of styles this Autumn, there’s no reason not to look fabulous.