In the event of a zombie apocalypse, odds are high that three things will survive: Scientology, Keith Richards and shearling. Sure, the latter was once earmarked the black sheep of the fur family, but it’s stood the test of time. In fact, archeologists dug up a mummy in Subashi, China dating back to 500 B.C., who just happened to be wearing a pair of sheepskin boots.
There are two fundamental reasons shearling has been an unwavering mainstay in wardrobes for centuries. First, its utilitarian quality is unmatched, saving the day for 19th century North American trappers, World War I pilots and 60s hippies alike. Second, it’s quite possibly the most egalitarian fur on the market. As Miuccia Prada told Style.com in reference to her woolly Fall 2014 collection, it’s the “opposite of rich.” But that doesn’t mean it can’t look luxe.
This season, Burberry Prorsum toyed with painterly strokes on supple hides and Phillip Lim took a crack at patchworking. Both iterations proved waitlist-worthy. Meanwhile, Sacai blew things out of proportion; a dramatic, leather shearling bomber received a hip hop hooray from the peanut gallery. Accessories also got the plush treatment. Warm-weather booties showed up at Rag & Bone and Tommy Hilfiger, while Tory Burch gave us her best bucket bag yet.
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