The Italian Almanac


Italian Fashion - February 28

Italy's top fashion houses are predicting an Arctic freeze next winter, given the amount of fur they sent down the catwalk during last week's ready-to-wear shows in Milan. After the spring fling with animal prints, astrakhan and mink will be all the rage for autumn-winter 2005-06, whether in natural form, shaved, dyed or knitted. Thompson gazelle and Mongolian goat fur also made the must-have list.

Nearly all the top labels in Milan - Fendi, Roberto Cavalli, Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci, Marni, Prada, Giorgio Armani, and Gianfrance Ferre - offered a bit of fur in their collections, from coats and jackets to skirts and boots. Even handbags did not escape a fur makeover. At Bally, new accessories designer Johnny Coca offered a mink pouch, either solid or checkered. The Swiss label, along with Italian leather house Tod's, designed sheepskin bags so that women can embrace their inner huntress.