Carolina Herrera plays with fur at New York Fashion Week

Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:58pm EST
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By Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fur stole the show at Carolina Herrera's fashion show on Monday - fur in eye-catching hues and unusual places.

Herrera dyed fur a rich green and deep violet in her fall and winter 2013 collection, one of hundreds on display at New York Fashion Week, which runs through Thursday.

Furthering the unexpected, the New York-based fashion pacesetter included fur as a bib at the front of a black turtleneck, at the cinched waist of a satin jacket and along the neckline of a strapless cocktail dress.

Not to fear, the chic Venezuela-born designer used fur in traditional colors and places as well - in coat collars and stoles. The deep mint green and purple dyed fur also appeared in stoles and neckpieces atop sleek dresses and gowns.

Her dresses featured high necks and cinched waists, with attention drawn to shoulders capped in black velvet or encrusted with jewels.

KaufmanFranco, the team of designers Ken Kaufman and Isaac Franco, also showed on Monday, mixing high-brow with low while unveiling sequined gowns with fur trim alongside black leather jackets decorated with metallics. One biker jacket featured a plunging neckline with mink and silver fox.

The collection by Maison Martin Margiela emphasized top-heavy silhouettes with capes and puffer jackets over slim-cut trousers.

Designer Tracy Reese made the catwalk a real cat walk, sending out a model carrying a live cat, a first for New York Fashion Week.   Continued...

A model presents a creation from the Diane von Furstenberg Autumn/Winter 2013 collection during New York Fashion Week February 10, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly