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Is Spring the New Winter?

- Gianluca Longo

One of Prada's Spring Summer 2013 fur coats...

Fashion month is over. We travelled to four different cities, and attended more than a hundred shows, various presentations, lunches and parties. As crazy as that sounds, it’s normal for fashion followers. Show time is also when fashionistas like to show off the new collections in the hope of being papped by the hundreds of street photographers, or the many fashion bloggers inhabiting the show space surroundings.

But this time, there was something unsettling in the whole process, something that didn't go to plan: the schizophrenic weather.

This Miu Miu look would have worked well for fashion month's dramatic weather changes

New York was very snowy, windy and incredibly cold. London, in comparison, was warmer and sunny. Then Milan was freezing again, with snow and rain, while Paris gave us both extremes: cold and windy at first, with sunshine by the end of the week. Long gone was the idea of wearing lights and brights, it was all about warm coats and big scarves.

The cold weather hasn't really given Europe a break, it's been both sunny and sleeting in London today. I think we are all getting tired of the same warm clothes that we’ve been wearing for the last three months: that grey coat, the long scarf, the big cashmere jumper. What’s the solution?

Phoebe Philo's fur shoes for Celine: chic genius or impractical faux pas?

Well, Miuccia had apparently envisioned this last September when, on the Milan catwalk, she unveiled fur coats and mink scarves for the Spring Summer collection. Then Phoebe Philo at Celine proposed some mink covered pumps in delicious colours, and these Birkenstock-like fur covered sandals. And Miu Miu had the best of all furs. Yes, furs for Spring.

At that time we were all a bit puzzled: why on earth were they presenting fur coats for the sunny season? Again, Miuccia Prada was ahead of the trends. Even the weather ones!

With her keen eye for what's trending, Anna Dello Russo was sensibly dressed in one of Prada's cosy coats

Anna dello Russo was well equipped, as usual, by the way.

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