Most of you who are reading this were already aware that curves and fur were both predominant on the runways several months ago. Now these fleshy concoctions have made their way into major retailers and boutiques for the impending Fall and Winter seasons. You are probably addicted to the current episodes of Mad Men that are filled with lewd acts, and more importantly, the vivacious Joan Holloway too. Dressing like a lady wasn’t an option back then, but an absolute must, as Joan, Peggy, and many of Don’s flavors of the month expertly showcase.
Arguably, there isn’t anything better for your curves than a brilliant jewel tone belted dress and a little faux fur to set the tone for the chilly weather. Kitten heels are also clawing their way out for comeback but this broad isn’t totally buying into the hype. My gams MUST be showcased in towering heels to get the full va va voom effect! Trust me, when you’re petite and have an hourglass shape, Sir Mix A Lot will be the only fan of legs that replicate tree trunks! Admittedly cruelty-free designer Stella McCartney offers up nice options with her nude slingback kitten heels. The flesh tone faux patent leather will assist in making my legs look as long as possible considering the missing 5 inches of height. An added bonus: Prada’s knee high socks may add some interest to your legs and keep you warm at the same time. I would just make sure to avoid wool because it’s not only terrible for the sheep, but your cankles as well!
There are MANY available options that deter away from using animals for their flesh. Did you also know that we wreck havoc to the eco-system when we use chemicals to treat leathers, furs, and suede products? Animals on fur farms such as raccoon pups are slammed to the ground, beaten, strangled and anally electrocuted for merchandise that is shipped to retailers in the U.S. Many of these creatures are still alive and blinking while their skin is being ripped from their bodies for fur trimmed apparel and accessories. Sorry to be harsh but it’s very much a reality. Please consider being both compassionate and on trend when you choose Animal Prints in lieu of Animal Skins. For more information on the cruel fur and leather trade industry, please head to www.furisdead.com and www.peta.org. You can choose to make an informed decision on where you stand with this very important issue.
The envelope pushing Chanel with the magnificent Karl Lagerfeld at the helm is faking it on the runways with faux-fur. This tweed coat can kill your savings account at $6,995 but let your jaw drop over these faux fur-licious boots! Who needs the real thing when you can fake the funk like this?
So maybe purchasing $2,000 faux-fur boots from Chanel isn’t in your near future. Here are some of my favorite chic ideas for a cruelty-free + environmentally responsible wardrobe for the upcoming season. You can thank me later by buying me a cocktail from the Patterson House, a filthy martini ……or two?
What Goes Around Comes Around is one of my favorite sources for vintage. They also offer up dynamic vintage inspired collections that will make your heart flutter. The Lucinda capelet adds charm and sass to both dressy and casual attire. $198
This twist on the classic trench is made anew with charming wooden buttons and a detachable faux fur collar! What a perfect topper over a vivid frock or some black slim pants….priced at an affordable $120 at www.dakotacollective.com
If you’re jealous of Fido and are aching for a little more fur, check out this wildly FABULOUS faux vest also from www.modcloth.com. Made from 75% MODACRYLIC 25% ACRYLIC you can sleep better at night about your compassionate choices. Treat yourself to two at just $80!
Year after year, animal print accessories make their way to the front of the class. Embrace this sophisticated yet tongue in cheek style by spicing things up a little. Accent your wardrobe of black, camel, denim, and red with a hint of your wild side.
The Baez bag has a canvas tiger print lined with faux suede lining and is the perfect bag for your day looks. Priced at an affordable $135.
Perhaps you prefer to let your inner wild child out at night? Mat & Nat’s Santogold made from neutral vegan leather and 100% recycled faux suede is the answer. You may prowl the www.mattandnat.com website and with this $198 purchase you score free shipping!
Kate Spade seamlessly translates class and sass with her Fall collection of tailored pieces. Jewel tones will surely get you noticed at work and at the lounge.
The rich tone of Kate Spade’s embellished Gail dress will make any girl want to twirl. You can check out the Kate Spade collection at Monkee’s in the Hill Center or at www.katespade.com for $425.
Black Halo has always designed sculptural dresses that are very aware of our womanly curves, but they created a true classic with their Jackie O dress. This gorgeous below the knee stretch sateen number is available in jewel tone colors, classic black, and a vintage inspired floral print for $375. A small price to pay for a dress you will wear for years to come.
I happen to love skipping a trip to my tailor because the cropped flare of these J Brand jeans will look smashing with the dreaded kitten heel, animal print cardigan, and crisp white shirt. The perfect modern ladies who brunch outfit! Head to www.shopbop.com for the best $159 you’ll spend this season!
How delish are these saucy little cardigan combinations? Camel + faux fur make a major statement all the while conjuring up some mischief. The little animal print + floral cotton cardigan are the best of both worlds! Both are part of the Charlotte Tarantola Holiday collection and will retail for around $120. For more information head to www.charlottetarantola.com.
Vivienne Westwood teamed up with plastic connoisseur Melissa Shoes to produce some girly kicks that include some of my favorites, The Lady Dragons ($130). These fun peep toes are made from recycled plastic and will look fabulous with a full skirt, skinny cigarette pants, or your denim! I chose the vivid red color because Don Draper certainly wouldn’t be able to keep his paws off of me.
UK based Beyond Skin offers up incredibly comfortable and on-trend kitten heel and mid-heel options that will look cute and contemporary with the thick nubby knee-high sock trend Prada strutted down the runways. You or nobody else will notice that these sturdy and sumptuous shoes are made from the finest faux-leathers! Prices range from $85-$220. Check out www.beyondskin.co.uk.
Snatch up a pair of Rachel by Rachel Roy Skinny Ponte pants that are actually a hybrid of leggings and pants. These adorable cropped wonders will surely be a staple for work and play. Your credit card will not sweat at the $89 price tag when you go to www.rachelroy.com.
Add this watercolor floral print blouse from Tulle as a topper for the Rachel Roy trousers shown above. This pattern is inspired by pieces from the busty ladies cascading down the runways for Louis Vuitton. The ruffles in the front and ¾ sleeve have a throwback 1960’s quality for a sliver of the price at just $53 at www.tulle4us.com.
Eco-friendly and Vegan collection Vaute Couture had a smashing NYC Fashion Week debut of their coat collection this year. How could you not snatch up The Audrey as it grazes your calf and features a unique origami contrast to the already feminine silhouette? It is also available in Black and this season’s favorite shade, Camel. www.vautecouture.com.
Mizzie and I are looking forward to Marcia's monthly posts on how to be fashionably vegan. Regardless of whether or not you are vegan, there are some really cute and affordable options here. Thanks Marcia!