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If there was one fashion material that united the recent AW15 menswear collections it was shearling, so much so that it deserves a mention of its own. From James Long’s embellished denim jackets, to J.W. Anderson’s lavish celebration of everything wooly at Loewe and in his own signature line, it seems that next autumn/winter we’ll be flocking to buy into the trend. Shearling (or ‘sheepskin’ as it’s more usually referred to beyond fashion speak) has a patchy history in terms of style, from the romance of the aviator jacket (famously worn by David Niven in A Matter of Life and Death), to the controversial UGG boot, and the Del Boy dodgy salesman coat, its advantages haven’t always been made the most of. At its best this season, the indulgent material added a sense of luxury to more pedestrian items (like the denim jackets at James Long), struck new shapes entirely (the cropped jackets at J.W. Anderson, the knee-length aviator suits at T.Lipop,) or was simply appealing in its promise of absolute cosiness (Coach, Margaret Howell, Belstaff). While this might not be such good news for sheep, the unrivalled warmth, bulk and comfort of shearling as a material may encourage many to discard ethics for a sheepish investment next winter.


J.W. Anderson for Loewe AW15


J.W. Anderson for Loewe AW15


Belstaff AW15