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Men wearing fur? Joe Namath and 70s-era pimps might first come to mind. But now, a new generation of men, are padding their wardrobes with mink, coyote and raccoon faux furs. With the help of designers such as Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Calvin Klein, fur has crossed the gender divide.
Faux fur mink jackets for men are being worn with jeans with leopard patches, while lots of blazers and pants with cow, pony and zebra patterns are showing up on runways and in stores. (Daily News Record, Strachman, 2006)
With many warm and elegant alternatives widely available, fur is simply unnecessary.' And so, the faux fur coats market for men has exploded. 'Many of the faux fur designs are so beautiful and so good you can't tell the difference from the real thing these days,' one London fashionista told the Mail. 'I have a fake raccoon jacket which I bought in one of the trendiest boutiques in North London. (Daily Telegraph, London UK, 2007)
Teresa Platt, executive director of America's Fur Commission, warns: 'Faux fur coats do not degrade for at least 600 years and may take thousands of years.
"It's not like the old days when it didn't look good and didn't feel good," she said. "There are some pieces where it's almost indistinguishable. If you look closer, of course, you can tell."
"Faux fur is one of the hugest trends of the season," said Sarah Shirley, a New York-based fashion stylist and trend expert for Sears. "Faux is fun, and you don't have to sink a lot of money into it."
The great thing about a faux fur coat is that you can get it in any style of animal that you want. You couldn't get a real tiger coat, but a tiger faux fur coat? I own several of these exotic coats and I love them. The field the soft ground for is really unparalleled and the imitation of the animals coloring and patterns makes a quality faux fur coat the fun thing to wear.
Of course a lot of my friends have a good chuckle over my choices of faux fur coats. “You are a successful person,” they say, “what are you wearing and not God when he could actually be wearing the real thing?” “No chance,” I reply, and I proceed to tell them about why I have a love affair with my faux fur coat. What is tacky isn't wearing a faux fur coat, it is, in my estimation, sporting something barbaric, cruel, and absurdly expensive on my back when the imitations are so clever as to be almost as good as the original.
Not to mention are just as warm and comfortable as the real thing. A fur coat only tells someone that you are rich, something which I don't particularly care to broadcast to the world. I'm not quite that insecure. A faux fur coat tells people that you are a creature of unique and individual tastes who refuses to follow convention.
It was in Milan, we saw it on the 7th on Sixth runway shows, and MAGIC exhibitors plan to have plenty of it at MAGIC, which opens in Las Vegas. Fur has hit young men's. Once looked upon as the province of the luxe designer market, urban young men's resources have discovered fur as a way to bring young men's fashion to the next level.