Fuzzy and fluffy flourishes, made for dressing up this winter

From colourful capes to faux fur-wrapped heels, fuzzy and fluffy textures that are about anything but hibernation

Woman in Prada jacket with fluffy sleeves and coloured tights
Left, cape, £6,790, by Gucci. Tights, £26, by Falke. Right, coat, £4,400, by Prada. Tights, £36, by Falke
(Image credit: Photography by Georgia Devey Smith, fashion by Jason Hughes)

Ordinarily, fuzzy and fluffy textures might suggest hibernation, but this season designers have used them as an altogether more flamboyant gesture – arriving in intense retina-searing hues or as a lavish and unexpected embellishment. 

At Prada, colourful faux-fur panels sprout from the elbow and hem of elegant double-breasted jackets – an undeniable suggestion of opulence in a collection that co-creative directors Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons say is about the ‘process of defining the meaning of beauty, for today’.

A/W 2022’s fuzzy and fluffy flourishes 

Woman with oversized faux fur yellow bag

Bag, price on request, by Dolce & Gabbana. Earrings, £510, by Bottega Veneta. Tights, £26, by Falke

(Image credit: Photography by Georgia Devey Smith, fashion by Jason Hughes)

Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele has long used flourishes of faux-fur in his richly crafted collections; for A/W22, intarsia capes envelop the body – complete with flashes of vivid colour – while furry cuffs and trims adorn the house’s collaboration with Adidas. Befitting the sumptuous mood, the collection is titled ‘Exquisite Gucci’.

An array of fuzzy accessories provide a playful climax to the season’s looks – at Dolce & Gabbana, a supersized furry tote bag comes in canary yellow, while Matthieu Blazy’s debut collection at Bottega Veneta includes a vertiginous platform heel, boldly wrapped in fluorescent orange faux fur.

Woman in black suit and furry orange shoes

Jacket, £2,290; earrings, £510; shoes, £1,510, all by Bottega Veneta

(Image credit: Photography by Georgia Devey Smith, fashion by Jason Hughes)

A version of this article appears in the December 2022 issue of Wallpaper*, available in print, on the Wallpaper* app on Apple iOS, and to subscribers of Apple News +. Subscribe to Wallpaper* today!

Model: Nyibol at Titanium Management. Casting: Svea Casting. Hair: Tomi Roppongi at Julian Watson Agency. Make-up: Victoria Martin using Tom Ford Beauty. Manicure: Sasha Goddard at Saint Luke using Dior Manicure Collection and Miss Dior Hand Cream. Photography assistants: Terry Graham, Andrew Swannell, Kate Rosewell. Fashion assistant: Kris Bergfeldt. Production assistant: Martha Elliott.

Fashion Features Editor

Jack Moss is the Fashion Features Editor at Wallpaper*. Having previously held roles at 10, 10 Men and AnOther magazines, he joined the team in 2022. His work has a particular focus on the moments where fashion and style intersect with other creative disciplines – among them art and design – as well as championing a new generation of international talent and profiling the industry’s leading figures and brands. 

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