Must-have fabric trends for fall/winter 2010-2011 mean shearling, velvet, fur, lace, and knits. It’s about mixing and matching different fabrics and prints while having fun during cold winter days.

Shearling This is probably the hottest must-have fabric trend of the season. Designers used it for almost every fashion item, like bags, boots, and different accessories. Yet, the best thing you can do is to choose shearling for jackets and coats. At Burberry Prorsum we could see the shearling in all its splendor, the collection seems to be practically created around this fabric. Using it for aviator jackets and parkas, Christopher Bailey mixes shearling with feminine lace dresses and tight high boots. Another interesting contrast between shearling and woolen could be seen and Philip Lim. At Rag&Bone, the shearling bomber jacket has the look of a cape.

Burberry ProrsumRag&Bone

Fur This season’s fur creations look rather funny but very inspirational. Less refined and delicate, fur items seem to lose their femininity. At Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld used synthetic fur for the fall/winter 2010-2011collection. Furry footwear, furry skirts and pants, and even a head-to-toe furry outfit, Yeti-style, could be seen at the Chanel runway show. Christopher Bailey gives an interesting interpretation to his jacket style made of fur and looking super cosy and comfy. We saw fur in the Proenza Schouler collection where it represents just some details on the clothes, fur jackets at Derek Lam, at Michael Kors fur is matched with pants and strappy boots. At Peter Som, fur was mixed with florals, checks or tweeds.

ChanelDerek Lam

Michael KorsPeter Som

Knits This season, knits could be seen in so many runway shows, the only thing for us to take into consideration is the way we should match it in order to look good. There is no problem in pairing knitted pieces with feminine and sophisticated items, such as high-heels and fine, thin leather belts. You can wear it as seen at Christian Dior, matched with a super delicate chiffon dress for a romantic look. In the Loewe collection, the knitted dress is worn with a fine belt at the waist, delicate tights and a pair of stilettos for a casual-chic look. We have also seen the knitted trend at Miuccia Prada, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and Chloé.

LoeweMichael Kors

Christian DiorPrada

Velvet Rich velvet made a strong comeback for fall/winter 2010-2011. From a more classic approach as seen at Dolce&Gabbana, with an elegant, feminine bustier dress, to a more masculine feeling at D&G, velvet proves its versatility and timeless character once again. A straight cut blazer and a suit jacket matched with printed pants, or shorts, and a pair of furry boots at D&G reveals an interesting sporty-chic trend. You can also see this incredible fabric at Alexander Wang with a mini dress with pagoda sleeves made from lace with velvet edges, in a more sensual and sexy approach.


Lace. For fall/winter 2010-2011, lace is the feminine element that sweetens any outfit, whether it is matched with fur, shearling, leather, and tough boots.