Fashion: Faux fur explodes onto high street

Blue faux fur coat �79 from very.co.uk
Blue faux fur coat �79 from very.co.uk
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Faux fur has exploded from the catwalk to the High Street for autumn/winter. Stephanie Smith has advice on what to look out for.

There’s nothing tacky about faux fur, not even when it’s electric blue, or bubblegum pink, or striped, not even when it’s super-shaggy, and not even when it looks like it’s still attached to the virtual sheep, goat or yak it pretends it came from in the first place. Faux fur is classy, make no mistake.

This autumn/winter has seen an explosion in the popularity of faux fur.

Stella McCartney has created Fur-Free Fur huge cream hooded coats, while at Louis Vuitton coats were super-fuzzy in white, black and leopard and Celine offered animal printed cover-ups for that “wild in the woods” appeal.

Fur gilets are making their way into evening and party wear as an alternative cover-up, often long-line, perhaps even longer than your dress (tunic dress, preferably), so look out for them in black and natural animal fur shades, for an opulently luxurious yet feral touch.

Look out too for wool jackets and coats that are simply printed with animal patterns such as zebra, jaguar and leopard, giving a more streamlined look than some of the season’s more extravagant shaggy faux fur offerings. Although, actually, there’s nothing wrong with being extravagant with your faux fur this season, and there are lots of colours, patterns and degrees of shagginess to choose from. So go for it.

In fact, there are some beautiful and quite unusual colours of faux fur to consider, with a deep sapphire blue perhaps being the most wearable and flattering, which means it has rather more longevity than some of the more flamboyant tones we’re seeing,

White, cream and ivory are perfect for keying into a Snow Queen, super-luxurious look, but it might be an idea to make good friends with your dry cleaner.

As well as the printed jacket above, look out for a gorgeous chevron faux fur shorter jacket costing £75 at Next, which is now offering a new “order by midnight” next day delivery service for those in a hurry and shopping online or via the Next Directory, up to any time before 12 midnight, for a charge of £3.99 for delivery to home, or free to collect from store. The service operates from Sundays to Fridays and also covers lots of brands stocked at LABEL, Next’s dedicated brand website, which offers Jigsaw, Mint Velvet and Stella McCartney Lingerie, Whistles, Coast, Monsoon, LK Bennett, Warehouse, Oasis, Nike, Lipsy, Carvela, Steve Madden and Miss KG. It’s well worth trying, especially if you’re desperate to get your hands on something in particular.

There are also plenty of faux fur options at House of Fraser, which celebrates a multi­-million pound refurbishment at its Briggate store in Leeds city centre with a special event on November 4 this week.

The womenswear department now has Michael Kors, Gray and Willow, Polo Ralph Lauren and Armani, adding to its own brands of Linea, Untold, Dickins & Jones, Biba, Pied a Terre and Therapy, The revamped beauty hall has Urban Decay, Benito Brow Bar, Essie Nail Bar and Laura Geller make-up, plus an in-­store Decleor spa and two treatment rooms.

If you fancy going along, there will be £10 gift cards for the first 50 people who arrive at 5.30pm on the night of November 4 with any copy of the Yorkshire Evening Post or Yorkshire Post, so get down there.

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