A Bit of Faux Fur For Your Wardrobe

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Fur can really add a sense of luxury to just about any outfit, but with the poor animal welfare standards that surround the fur industry, more and more people are now choosing to turn to cruelty-free faux fur instead. For those who want to add a bit of eco-fur to their wardrobe, here are some of the most stylish pieces out there.

Shrimps is a London-based brand that launched in 2013, and has caught the eye of many fashion editors and industry experts since then. The faux fur used by Shrimps is a modacrylic blend that feels just as plush as real fur, and this is the backbone upon which the company has thrived. The latest collection from Shrimps features a wide range of faux fur outerwear, from patchwork faux shearlings to floral printed faux fur coats, and while many other brands out there may be trying to copy the designs produced by Shrimps, no one has been able to replicate the authenticity of the brand’s signature faux fur fabric.

Charly Calder
Charly Calder creates faux fur garments for both men and women, as well as a selection of pieces for the home. This San Francisco-based designer makes use of fabrics that give her fur an extra long and lustrous pile, while the designs themselves feature bold colors, avant-garde silhouettes and dramatic cuts.

Adolfo Dominguez
Although Spanish designer Adolfo Dominguez never formally studied fashion, he is known for redefining luxury style in Spain, and, thanks to his early days in Paris and London when he became involved with the green movement, faux fur is one of the designer’s signature fabrics. These creations stand out from the competition due to the way in which they utilize faux fur in such a sleek and elegant way, making the material even more wearable for everyday occasions.

Only Me
Russian brand Only Me really had to work hard to make its mark on the Russian fashion industry, as the Russians are known for having a historical love for fur. However, with exquisite faux fur designs that are all insulated with Thinsulate, a breathable yet heat-retaining material, the outerwear produced by Only Me was soon seen as being absolutely ideal for the cold Russian winters, and were actually able to provide more warmth to its wearer than regular fur.

Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney has long since been an advocate for cruelty-free fashion, with each of her fur coats sporting a label that clearly states “Fur Free Fur”. There are many different faux fur pieces to choose from, and in addition to this, Stella McCartney also places a strong emphasis on vegan suede and leather, meaning that you can update your wardrobe with plenty of cruelty-free garments if you shop at Stella McCartney.

Fur is one of the most divisive and controversial subjects in the fashion industry, and for good reason too. With more and more designers now choosing to take a stand against fur, you can expect to see even more faux fur fashion options available in the future.


Top Fashion Pieces of 2015

While we all may have our own personal favorites, there are some fashion items that rise to the top each year. From a classic pair of white sneakers to metallic bomber jackets, OROGOLD takes a look at some of the top fashion pieces of 2015.

Top Fashion Pieces of 2015


Original Stan Smith Sneakers from Adidas
Amongst the many different footwear trends of 2015, it was the classic white sneaker that caught the eye of many. In particular, it was the Adidas Original Stan Smith Sneakers that were one of the most popular items of the year, especially after they were seen being worn by David Beckham and Katie Holmes. Their fresh and clean look makes them work with so many different outfits, and their practicality is always a plus point too.

Christy Lace-Up Flats from Aquazzura
Aquazzura is an Italian shoe label that was extremely sought after in 2015, especially after many of their styles were seen at the various fashion weeks around the world, confirming their status as a shoe essential. The two styles that were the most popular were the leopard print Christy lace-up flats and the Wild Thing heels in a gorgeous red suede, both of which are available to purchase online. While both styles are a beauty, OROGOLD loves the Christy lace-up flats, as their small gold heel is an elegant touch that adds some instant glam to any outfit.

Bobbin Coat from Shrimps
Shrimps is a new fashion label based in London, and was one of a few brands, along with Stella McCartney, that placed an emphasis on sustainable and ethical alternatives to fur. The Bobbin Coat combines faux fur with faux shearling and features the brand’s iconic stripes, resulting in a coat that showcases unique colors and textures. For those of you who want a fun-yet-trendy piece of outerwear to add to your wardrobe, this is an item that OROGOLD suggests you take a closer look at.

Pixie Lonestar Dress from AG
AG is a denim brand that recently collaborated with fashion icon Alexa Chung, creating a fun and stylish new collection for 2015. The collection features denim playsuits, printed sweaters and suede skirts, but it is the Pixie Lonestar Dress that really stood out, becoming an instant hit with women all over the world.

So Real Sunglasses from Dior
Dior has always made fabulous sunglasses, but it is their So Real sunglasses, a beautiful bridge-less and reflective design, that have been their most popular style in 2015. The sunglasses come in a variety of hues, and have been seen on a number of celebrities, from Kendall Jenner to Anna Dello Russo, making them a highly sought after item this past year.

These top fashion pieces that OROGOLD has listed were not only popular with celebrities and magazines in 2015, but also dominated sales figures at many stores around the world. From the fun and vibrant bobbin coat to the stylish So Real sunglasses from Dior, some of these items will definitely be worn well into this next year.

Nails for Fall 2015

With the beginning of a new season we are always faced with an age-old problem, what’s new in fashion and beauty and how can I achieve the look?

Nobody really likes to admit that from the minute the new season’s magazines hit the shelves we find ourselves trawling through the beautiful glossy pages hoping to find some inspiration.

Well, regardless of budget, one of the quickest and easiest ways to spruce yourself up and be bang on trend is to paint your nails.

Now we know some of you will silently scream in terror at the prospect of painting your nails, but trust us you can do it. Whether your nails are long or short, if you follow our few steps below, you will have beautiful nails and be completely ready for the Fall season.

One of the big trends this Fall is the 70’s look. From High Street stores like Topshop and River Island to high end designers like Stella McCartney 70’s boho chic prevails in store.

1970's Fever
What better way to complement this look or even just to add a hint of 70’s to your existing wardrobe than with these perfect hues from Ciaté.
Nails for Fall 2015

From the Olivia Palermo Ciaté Fall collection these polishes have rich, deep shades with a high gloss finish which will give you a great pop of color for any outfit. So how do you get the best wear out of these shades? Well just follow these few simple steps and you will be in manicure heaven.

  1. File your nails to your desired shape. It makes no difference if your nails are long or short, rich colors like these love short nails too.
  2. Always apply a base coat if you are painting your nails as color nail polish can leave the nails stained yellow.
  3. Apply two coats of your desired color. Try not to use too much polish on the brush as this will cause the polish to bubble on the nail.
  4. Apply the polish in three strokes. One down the middle of the nail and then one each down either side of the nail.
  5. Allow each coat to dry completely before applying another coat.
  6. To get the best of your manicure apply a high gloss, hard-wearing top coat. Top up this coat of polish every other day to prolong your polish.

We love this Sally Hansen top coat. It is fast drying and tough, we always have it in our manicure kit.

Sally Hansen Insta-dry

So get yourself down to the mall to find your favorite colors for this season and get painting while we leave you with this little nugget of advice: To prevent damage to your manicure, try not to use your fingernails to pick at things or pry things open and always use the end of a spoon or fork to open cans of soda or tins of food.