Thursday, September 22, 2011


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Fur - do we love it or hate it?  Is it politically correct or do we say who cares?!  Here is a very abbreviated history of fur in fashion. Back in the 1920's and 1930's, chinchilla wraps or mink stoles were in vogue with the flappers. Men opted for shorter "car coats". In the 1940's and 1950's, war rationing had a big impact on fur fashions. People opted to repurpose their clothing and they wore less expensive furs such as raccoon or dyed fox, which was a more practical replacement for mink. The 1960's and 1970's ushered in the mods and hippies, who were more mother-earth minded, so fur went out of fashion. But those who were still loyal to it, dyed theirs in crazy colours such as orange and purple.

These days, daylight hours are getting shorter and there is definitely a chill in the air.  We've switched over from air conditioning to heat setting.  I'm looking for my woolly socks and a throw for those TV evenings.  Fur seems to be everywhere, much to the chagrin of PETA.  Some are authentic animal and some are just fun fur.  Have a look below.  To the untrained eye, it can be difficult to tell which item is current and which is retro/vintage.  What's old is new again!
Aldo HASS handbag

Burberry Prorsum Fall/Winter 2012
Vintage 1960s White Angora Fur Hat H924
Vintage 1970s Car Coat, Leather & Fox Fur M451


BB Dakota The Garrett Faux Fur Vest in Chalk

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