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Fur In Fashion Is Here To Stay

Probably one of the most controversial trends this season will be exotic furs, both real and faux (synthetic). While animal activists would prefer you wear faux, many people still prefer to wear genuine. No matter how controversial, designers will probably always use animals’ skin and fur for their shoes, clothing, and accessories.

In the Milan Fashion Show for 2015, there were many fur designs, showing that fur was big for 2015. The biggest trend is mixing furs. This works best with a monochrome colour palette, even complementary colours. Mixed furs allow for a great visual display.

Another great trend for 2015 is fur placement. That is, placing fur on an otherwise furless piece. This is when fur is placed in unconventional places. Designers are loving this trend, and you can expect to see more from designers in the coming season.

Fur Dresses

Another great trend in fur is colour blocking. Not only is it top/bottom or left/right colour blocking, but it is actually being used in geometric designs as well. It is a universal trend and can be used in a variety of pieces for men and women. High colour contrasts in fur makes these looks great for daywear, career wear, and nightlife.

Whatever look you are going for, fur can be used to achieve that extra oomph. As mentioned earlier, you can get these looks with faux fur as well. When purchasing a fur piece, you can opt to look for only faux fur designers, as they do exist. However, be warned, some designers say that they use faux fur, but actually use real fur, which are sometimes canine hide. Be sure to always do a little research before the purchase.

No matter if you want genuine or synthetic fur, you should do your homework and know what you are buying before. You want high quality, no matter if it is real or faux. Nevertheless, fur in fashion is here to stay, so have fun with it in your wardrobe.

Fur Designs

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Love Lids and more from eecee bb!

For quite a few months now, I have been corresponding with Beth Bogle, designer behind eecee bb, about her fabulous, quirky line of clothing for children.  What initially caught my eye about Beth’s designs was her way of assembling Love Lids, like the one above, with rough edges showing.  And who isn’t drawn to pure cashmere!

This Love Lid is the same as the one above – it can be worn in multiple ways to show off its many colours.  My son liked the seam in the front!

eecee bb (prounounced like it’s spelled) stands for the French “ici” meaning “here,” and as Beth states, “embraces the immediacy of imagination and the place where life unfolds.”

Beth, like many of the designers I’ve met, has an interesting combination of education and experience that led her to designing children’s clothing.  With a background in fine art, design and merchandising, and teaching art and French to children, Beth launched eecee bb in 2006, based in Minnesota.  Love the photo of Beth, above, and her rack full of creations!

The most exciting part of our blog, in my opinion, is what Beth calls Child Enlightened Design.  This collaborative process involves your child every step of the way in designing his or her clothing – from the design book to fabric choices to adding custom artwork!  I would have absolutely loved this process as a child – or now even!  See the collaborative process below.

Lydia made a few sketches…

 

Signature Design
Choose Your Signature Design

 

chose fabric and trim
chose fabric and trim

Collaborative design doesn’t have to be done in Beth’s studio, either.  Contact Beth to inquire about custom design kits!  What a great gift a design kit would be…and did I mention Beth now creates flower girl skirts and cashmere tops for weddings and other special occasions?  Thanks, Beth, we look forward to seeing more designs soon!  Here are just some of our favourites…it was difficult to choose!