Runway To Real Way: Wild Things! Fresh Fur Accents for Fall 2013

October 15, 2013 • Magazine, Runway To Real Way


It’s easy to see why October is so many people’s favorite month. The leaves start to change, the temperatures drop to chilly and cozy without being too cold, and fall fashion really starts to set in. In addition to the rich earthy colors and deep jewel tones of the season, autumn fabrics and textures have also started to appear in stores and on the streets. And what would any fabulous fall wardrobe be without a little fur? Fur accents — both faux and authentic —  have begun showing up on more and more fall runways as a way to accessorize prior to the first frost, and we are going “wild” over these chic and modern touches.

Arguably the most modern iteration of the fall fur accents is the take on skirts. Designers have been showing off versions of pencil skirts with a fun type of fur muffler wrapped around the middles — such as in the Christian Siriano Fall 2013 collection — or looped around the top or bottom hem. A decidedly eclectic and unexpected touch to the traditional fall skirt silhouette, we this thins surprisingly versatile staple will take you through the holiday party circuit and into the February fashion week shows. We found the Fleamadonna Black Faux Skirt as suitable alternative that will no doubt provide a ton of bang for the buck.

Actual fur coats, besides being too heavy of an outerwear staple in the autumn months, are becoming more of a slippery slope in garnering certain types of “unwanted” attention. Faux is usually the best way to go but if you insist on the real deal, then a fur collar to a fabulous fall trench is arguable an even better alternative to the full fur jacket. KAUFMANFRANCO seemed to agree, by sending luxe trenches down their runways with attached and detachable collar scarves. The difference in texture and color provides a whole new dimension and plenty of wow power to your average outerwear staple. To turn heads in the best possible way, John Partridge’s Rosetti Long Coat is a standout piece that has all the opulence without all the opinions.

There’s no doubt that the best way to add a little pinch of panache on the go is with a scarf. A fur scarf serves double duty in that it is as cozy as it is chic so you’ll literally never want to take it off. Donna Karan got the memo by pairing sumptuous fur scarves with her glossy Fall 2013 coats. We love how such a small piece can back such a major punch so planned to hunt far and wide for a decent everyday alternative. It didn’t take long, however, to track down this ‘Ohana’ scarf by Max & Moi which boasts all the best parts of what a fur scarf needs to be: minimal, unassuming, and yet oozing with style.

The final piece to consider adding into your closet has been making a major runway comeback in all shapes, and styles though the fur version is clearly one of our favorites. The fur vest — when hitting below the waist — conjures up images of  romantic waist coats and exude a type of sophistication that’s almost stately. Stacey Bendet of Alice + Olivia agreed with this notion, incorporating long, multi-colored fur vests into her Fall 2013 collection that resonated with a Romanov-like Old World regality. For an edgier, everyday take we had to feature this amazing piece by Thakoon, the Dot Plaid Hooded Vest which we’re sure we will be living in until next spring. With a little more Eastern exoticism than Western majesty, we love how the vest — along with these other modern takes on fur — are the perfect combination of classic sophistication and contemporary glamour.

Look 1: Fur Accented Skirt
Runway: Christian Siriano Fall 2013 RTW
Real Way: Fleamadonna Black Faux Fur Skirt, $455

Look 2: Fur Collared Coat
Real Way: John Partridge Rosetti Long Coat, now $317.58

Look 3: Fur Scarf
Runway: Donna Karan Fall 2013 RTW
Real Way: Max & Moi Ohana’ Fur Scarf, $286

Look 4: Fur Vest
Runway: Alice + Oliva Fall 2013 RTW
Real Way: Thakoon Addition Dot Plaid Hooded Vest, $525

– Alia Rajput

Image Layout: Maysa Ditchfield


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