If this season’s hottest catwalks are anything to go by, fur is flying high again. And fur design is taking on ever more unconventional forms. As creative boundaries are pushed, the International Fur Trade Federation’s (IFTF) annual search for new designers, the Remix competition, is becoming more exciting than ever. This year, the competition attracted entries from 40 designers from around the world, each of whom was awarded the spotlight during a runway show, staged at Milan’s Visionnaire Design Gallery in March.
After an impressive show of talent, the judging panel, comprised of fashion industry stalwarts including US Elle magazine’s style director Kate Lanphear and designer Rubin Singer, awarded Hyun Yeu from The Netherlands third place for his playful, strapless fox fur dress. Second prize went to Eliana Dimitrakopoulou, who represented the UK with a violet mink cape that can be worn in multiple ways. And top honours were awarded to Laura Grillo, a costume design graduate from Rome’s Accademia di Costume e di Moda, who turned out a highly covetable red fox fur military coat.
This year’s Remix also saw the IFTF’s inauguration of a fourth award category, The OA prize. Given to second place winner Dimitrakopoulou, the OA award recognises a designer who exclusively used Origin Assured fur in their creations.