Wednesday, March 24, 2004

‘Shrug’ging off the Cold:



One section of the population--I have to assume-- that has not minded the unseasonably cold weather we’ve been subjected to since the official start of spring, are the furriers. On a recent visit to Anne Dee Goldin’s showroom, located in New York’s fur district (Goldin Feldman, 150 West 30th street), I got a chance to view some of the delectable offerings that will be available this coming fall/winter 2004, and thanks to the unwelcome chill in the air on that day, they seemed especially desirable.

Anne Dee, a 3rd generation furrier whom I have known since I was an editor at Harper’s Bazaar, continues to evolve, expand and expound upon the philosophy which is at the heart of her business. Her collection is a complete one filled not only with fur outerwear and accessories, but non- fur and fur- trimmed items as well. There are sporty, athletic, and casual pieces and those, which would be perfect for little evenings or big time galas.



Trench coats, fitted or cropped jackets, and coordinating skirts are offered in 100 % cashmere herringbone, tweed, boucle trimmed with a subtle tulle ruffle, and metallic boucle (the latter group is especially eye catching since the colors are inviting pastels like heather, wisteria, and rosette). There are groups in lambskin, deerskin, canvas trimmed with leather and fur, microfiber trimmed with fox, and shearling (Merino and Toscana).

The variety of furs is dizzying --in addition to the more traditional and expected pelts like fox, mink, lynx and sable,-- Anne Dee has also used mink, sable, squirrel and fox plates (something she learned to appreciate thanks to Geoffrey Beene) which imparts an unusual, somewhat mosaic, arty, and sporty effect. There are also several groups done in knitted rex rabbit and chinchilla rex rabbit, cross mink, micro sheared mink, and lippicat (the ‘fur of the moment’ which resembles leopard).

Although Ms. Goldin said she will be adding a group of long fur coats (the line is still not 100% complete), she admitted that what is really selling well are fur items- small fur pieces. To that end, she has some wonderful hats, scarves, muffs, ribbon capelet collars, and of course, the shug. It was the one item that seemed to show up on every runway both here in New York as well as Paris, Milan, and London.

For prices and more information, call 212 239 0512.

Posted by Marilyn Kirschner

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