Fashion: Skin Up
Rickey, Melanie, The Independent (London, England)
Forget your old gran's fleecy slippers. This is sheepskin as you've never seen it. In a word, sexy. Styling by Sophia Neophitou. Photographs by Mark Alesky
Cream sheepskin tank with pistachio embroidery, to order, by Antonio Berardi, from A La Mode, 36 Hans Crescent, London SW1, enquiries 0171-584 2133; cream sheepskin coat, over shoulders, pounds 750, by Owen Gaster, from Pellicano, 63 South Molton Street, London W1, enquiries 0171-629 2205
Before we go any further on the subject, there is one thing everyone should know about sheepskin (or shearling, as it is called in fashion circles): it is a natural by-product of the food chain. That is, sheepskin is politically correct, in the same category as wearing leather, but a world apart from wearing fur. Phew. No guilt pangs there, then. Which is good news for anyone who has ever desired a cottonwool-soft, cosy-as-a-blanket jacket or coat to see them through the cold and dark winter months. Also good news is the fact that several fashion designers are having fun with sheepskin: curling it like a shaggy perm, flattening it into silky strands, painting on it, embroidering it, burning it, and even turning the fluffy stuff into yeti boots (thanks, Mr Blahnik). Owen Gaster treats sheepskin as he would a tailoring fabric by creating slimline jackets and coats which fit in with his collection, rather than items to be worn over his clothes. "For winter, I did short tailored jackets, and mid-thigh-length coats in white, toffee and forest green - very luxurious, and very elegant," says the designer. Very funky, is more to the point, especially when some of the wool is dyed in a bright, contrasting colour to the skin. But Gaster is not a fly-by-night sheepskin user, it has been a constant in his collections and is extremely popular with his …
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Publication information: Article title: Fashion: Skin Up. Contributors: Rickey, Melanie - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: October 24, 1998. Page number: 36. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.