Milan fashion week is turning into one big fur-for-all. Marni's expertly-tailored, understated fall 2013 collection was, like Fendi's, punctuated with statement-making fur.
Huge color-blocked fur scarves were paired with structured dresses and separates in grey or black wool twill. Brown fur accented the hems of blazers and skirts and, in the case of one eveningwear look, the criss-crossed halter straps of a dress. There were hairy fur capelets and huge mottled fur coats in grey-black and beige.
And three makes a trend on fur hand wear : Like Altuzarra and Alexander Wang, designer Consuelo Castiglioni showed fur gloves--though hers were ladylike and elbow length. Castiglioni also made use of fur on knee length boots and purses.
Elsewhere the collection was understated and subtle. The palette, save for the fur accents, was almost entirely black, grey and white. There were surprisingly few patterns in sight--landscape prints, which echoed the show space's wall design, appeared on only a handful of pieces, and then in very quiet, pale colors.
Instead the focus was on volume, proportion and texture: shoulders were rounded, waists subtly nipped in by long peplums, dresses layered over loose pants and oversized jackets paired with short shorts, to which varying fabrics, from leather, tweed, and a stiff technical-looking fabric, added extra dimension.