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It’s been a year since Fendi’s last haute four­rure show – a year that’s seen the fash­ion in­dus­try wave good­bye to fur. Gucci and Ar­mani an­nounced no more fox fur cuffs and Ver­sace made sim­i­lar state­ments. In short, the back­lash against fur has fi­nally got some stay­ing power. Now Fendi, the house that started as a fur bou­tique in Rome, has turned away from a run­way full of floor-sweep­ing furs, firstly chang­ing its haute four­rure name to haute cou­ture, and, most im­por­tantly, bring­ing in new, syn­thetic ma­te­ri­als in place of an­i­mal skins. Although not yet com­pletely fur-free, the novel idea of the sea­son was to treat non-fur ma­te­ri­als in such a way that they re­sem­bled real fur. ‘Shear­ling’ suits were made up of dense se­quins, while nar­row strips of chif­fon were frayed and sewn to­gether to mimic mink coats. Per­haps a pos­si­ble guide to the fu­ture of a fur-free haute cou­ture? Only time will tell.

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