Trend Alert: Fur and Puffer Coats

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This fall and winter, expect the fad for fluff to expand.

Puffer coats and fur, both of which started reappearing last year, are looking like outerwear trends for 2017. The UBM Fashion’s MAGIC show included plenty of pieces in colorful fur or the quilted puffer style, WWD reported.

The fur trend got a kickstart last year, with brightly colored, fluffy coats popping up in mall shops. The fact that it’s still showing up at MAGIC suggests the fad is about to make a second, bigger round, mostly in faux furs. And retailers aren’t doing things by halves. Biannual brought an all-over fluff fur with an orange top and white bottom. Venturing into patterns, Peri Luxe had a longer, less fluffy, but more fleecy abstract design in blue, black, white and pink.

Label Moose Knuckles, sticking with the military inspired trend that’s hung on for multiple seasons, produced a loose army green coat with practical pockets and an oversize pink fur collar. One by Love by Diego Binetti went with olive green and a truly massive blue fur trim, whose ostentatious shape and bright shade rather recall some fluffy puppet monsters from a children’s show. The label also has a multi-colored pom pom purse that seems to only be missing a pair of googly eyes.

Back in the all-over fur category, Mink Pink has a short-haired yellow jacket, while Zadig and Voltaire went for a bigger double-breasted coat with oversize robe-like pockets, in dark blue with green spots mottled into the fur.

On the puffer coat side, the trend that took off for this winter is just getting bigger, literally. Biannual has a burgeoning pink and white piece with drawstrings at the waist to draw the bottom line in, which only emphasizes the poof of the rest of the coat. Some of the offerings were fairly generic, with standard partitioned quilting and poof, like June’s black coat with dual pockets, the folding collared red jacket from Mink Pink, and Fjallraven’s blue number, which does look like a pretty warm option with a hood that buttons up the neck.

Zadig and Voltaire got creative with the quilting on a longer, looser, and more compact green coat, while MPIC went for a standard shape and an eye-catching silvery white. Scotch and Soda’s long black version looks like a particularly protective piece for wind chill days, and Hunter varied the quilting, added oversize angled pockets, and worked in some strips of black to bring visual interest to a blue puffer. Eschewing tailored shapes and some of the chillier, narrower designs, puffers seem almost too practical to be this trendy, but they are, and you won’t be cold for the sake of fashion with this fad.

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