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Going with the faux in fall fashion

August 28, 2011 |  7:00 am

Arctic fox vest

A fall wardrobe in L.A doesn’t require the dramatic switch it might in other parts of the country. But we still like to incorporate a few key pieces into our closets for the new season -- pieces that have nothing to do with flip-flops, short-shorts or flimsy cotton dresses. Leibskind bag

This fall, just a few items will be all it takes to make a full swing out of summer since so many  accessories will be festooned with textural faux fur and fake reptile skins that set the mood for cooler weather. The trend to what we call high faux -- plush, tactile, manufactured fabrics with an exotic appeal --was seen on the runways earlier. Now it’s beginning to hit major department stores and fast fashion chains.

In this Sunday’s issue of Image, we explore the high faux trend and explain how synthetic fur is made and how it winds up looking so realistic. There's also a rundown on some of the labels that are borrowing from the wild-animal kingdom with realistic knockoffs this fall.


West Hollywood launches fur-free campaign

Your Stylist: Giving faux fur a try for fall

The Muppets nail it with an OPI holiday collection 

--Melissa Magsaysay

Top photo: Burning Torch Arctic fox faux fur vest $248. Credit: Burning Torch


Bottom photo: Leibskind faux croc bag, $379. Credit: Leibskind