Tuesday, May 18, 2010

21st century fur.....

Fur in recent years has left the Upper East Side and invaded downtown, it owes much to Kopenhagen Fur and its Kopenhagen Studio design initiative. Collaborating with designers like Gareth Pugh, Rick Owens, and Gaspard Yurkievich (as well as luxury labels like Gucci and Louis Vuitton), Kopenhagen Studio has directly sourced some of the most luxurious animal pelts in the world.

From fox and chinchilla to mink and karakul—and placed them in the hands of fashion’s most forward-thinking artists. Nevermind the politics—Kopenhagen’s collaborators have reimagined fur as anything but old school, and not even necessarily for women. For Fall/Winter 2010, designers have produced ever-inventive takes on the fabric, like Soulland’s men’s baseball jacket with sheared mink sleeves, David Andersen’s sleeveless mink vest, and Haider Ackermann’s cocooning chinchilla fur jackets. Young designer Domingo Rodriguez-Baez showed a bias-cut mink coat inserted with reindeer leather panels, and for dudes, a slim and simple fur bomber. Anyway you wear it, Kopenhagen Studio is bringing fur into the 21st century.