Fabulous in Faux Fur

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Sondra Roberts faux fur totes from Ruth Meyers
Isda print blouse and infinity scarf with Dolce Cabo beige crop jacket and Christopher Blue skinny jeans from Ruth Meyers
Gianni Bini faux fur crop jacket with 3/4-length sleeves and Gianni Bini pleated dress with bead accent from Dillard's
Sanctuary long-haired faux fur vest worn with Chelsea and Violet open weave top and Cremeux tweed shorts from Dillard's
Dolce Cabo faux fur and suede vest White and Warren cashmere sweater David Kahn houndstooth leggings and Repeat cashmere gloves from Ruth Meyers


By Linda Miller

Faux fur is having a moment. A really big moment.

It’s one of the season’s must-have looks, one that can be embraced in a small way with fur-trimmed boots or more dramatically with a faux beaver sweeping coat.

“It seems there is no better way to add a piece of luxury to your everyday look than with a faux fur item, whether that comes in a great scarf, vest — or if you go all the way — with a coat,” said Alex Bratton, fashion director for On A Whim at Classen Curve.

Pair one of these items with a simple black turtleneck and jeans or deck the halls in a cocktail dress and a faux fur cropped jacket. It’ll add a bit of glad to any season, she said.

Not much escapes the faux fur touch. Handbags, boots, gloves and hats. Vests and scarves. Jackets and coats. Pillows and throws.

Part of the appeal is that faux fur can be made to look like mink, fox and other animals. A real leopard coat is unthinkable, but women will buy or wear something in faux, such as a cheetah-print jacket or zebra-print scarf, because they like the look, style and statement it makes.

All of the pieces seem to be coming together for faux fur’s big moment. More designers are embracing the synthetic material. Faux fur was all over the runways during the fall shows in New York. More celebrities are refusing to wear the real thing. One city, West Hollywood in California, recently banned the sale of fur clothing. The stigma of fake is disappearing. And let’s not forget about the quality.

Cindi Shelby, owner of Ruth Meyers in Nichols Hills Plaza, said the look and feel has improved so much over the years that sometimes it’s difficult to know if it’s the real deal or a great fake. Along with the look and feel of luxury, faux fur adds warmth but it’s not too heavy for Oklahoma’s more moderate climate.

Faux fur’s popularity didn’t happen overnight, but it did take a big leap in 2009 when Chanel built its fall collection around the stuff. More faux started showing up on the runways and in stores. Macy’s has announced it will carry more faux fur this season. Faux also seems to have found its place on home shopping channels. Designer Naeem Khan’s new collection for HSN features several faux fur pieces, including a faux chinchilla jacket for $599.90. The fake fur is from French manufacturer Tissavel, known for its high-quality fiber. Rachel Zoe delivers faux for less on QVC. Her faux fox vest sells for $88.

For those who prefer faux in small doses, choices are plentiful

“I do love the unexpected — a little faux fur trim on bags, cuffs and collars, ponchos,” Shelby said. Those pieces are a natural fit for a little faux update.

Fur has a timeless quality in that it can make a woman feel glamorous, Shelby said. “Faux fur can achieve that at a great price.”














Photos by Justin Avara. Model is Jennifer Preston, Flash Models International. Makeup by Lilly Stone, Sooo Lilly Cosmetics.

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