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*, joining the team in 2022. Having previously been the digital features editor at AnOther and digital editor at 10 and 10 Men magazines, he has also contributed to titles including i-D, Dazed, 10 Magazine, Mr Porter’s The Journal and more, while also featuring in Dazed: 32 Years Confused: The Covers, published by Rizzoli. He is particularly interested in the moments when fashion intersects with other creative disciplines – notably art and design – as well as championing a new generation of international talent and reporting from international fashion weeks. Across his career, he has interviewed the fashion industry’s leading figures, including Rick Owens, Pieter Mulier, Jonathan Anderson, Grace Wales Bonner, Christian Lacroix, Kate Moss and Manolo Blahnik.

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