Colorful fur jackets were very popular this winter but this trend went step further and next year we will be seeing a lot of colorful patchwork and vivid prints on fur. Miuccia Prada even made some printed fur coats for the summer, but we have seen more of this at fall/winter shows. Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, well known for his artistic prints on clothes, used them on fur this time, while Altuzarra, Aquilano Rimondi and Daks have shown us interesting patterns printed on fur.
Patchwork is definitely a huge trend for fall/winter 2014 and we have seen some beautiful coats made from colorful patches at Phillip Lim, Roksanda Ilincic and Topshop Unique. Prada’s latest collection includes some leather coats with fur trimmings in vivid colors, while Vercase and Dolce&Gabbana designed some amazing fur coats in bright red which look incredibly warm.
Climate change is the hot topic in the world of fashion design. While Vivienne Westwood uses her shows as political campaigns and prints “Climate Change” on clothes, Alexander Wang is thinking about the consequences of global warming. His fall/winter show at New York Fashion Week was inspired by severe weather conditions and created a collection of survival gear. On the other hand, in his collection for Balenciaga Wang continued to develop his concept of sport style infused modern glamour and focused on geometric shapes, layering and knits, but he is still very conscious of climate conditions. He is thinking practically and therefore makes clothes that we really need.
The most striking piece from Wang’s collection for Baleciaga was a laminated wool jacket with a fur collar. Basically, by combining a wooly jumper and a raincoat he created the perfect winter jacket which will protect you from rain, wind and snow.
We have seen laminated knits at the Vionnet show too. Navy blue coat was paired with a green woolly one-piece suit and fur sandals. It seems that laminated knits are the new craze shaping up into a trend for the next winter.