Vegan Fur Takes Over the Runways at NYFW

NYFW Is All About the Faux Fur for 2019

NYFW kicked off this past weekend and all eyes are on the faux fur dominating the runways. Once considered an insult to the real thing, the opposite is now true and faux fur is the darling of established labels such as Jean Paul Gaultier and Diane von Furstenberg who’ve ditched fur on ethical grounds.

At NYFW, which began last weekend, long, plush faux fur coats and accessories made a statement, showcasing how the once-derided fabric has a place on the runway.


Faux fur fashion house Pelush hosted its “ReFAUXlution” show on February 9, marrying performance art with haute couture pieces such as boas, stoles, and embroidered dresses featuring bright, bold colors and patterns.

The NYC-based brand, which sources its fabrics from Italy, aims to transform the fashion world’s perception of faux fur, which has long been considered “beneath” real pelts.

Christian Siriano

Pelush wasn’t the only label to showcase faux fur at NYFW. “Project Runway” season four winner Christian Siriano had a show on the 65th floor of Rockefeller Plaza with models donning Swarovski crystal freckles, futuristic metallics, tulle, and floor-length faux fur coats.

Tom Ford

Tom Ford, who went vegan in December 2017 and vowed to use less fur and leather in his collections, channeled 1996 with what has been dubbed the “Jamiroquai hat” and floor-length faux fur coats in pastels.

Sandy Liang

The 27-year-old NYC native showcased faux fur dusters in muted pink, bomber jackets with pink faux fur trim, fluffy coats, and leopard print.

Zadig & Voltaire

Parisian fashion house Zadig & Voltaire married street style and high fashion with plush faux fur coats over track pants and hoodies.


NYC-based fashion house Area combined ’90s raver styles and high fashion with bright colors, belts made from actual CD-ROMS, crystal face masks, and multi-color faux fur coats and boots.

Patrick Church

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English-born, NYC-based designer and artist Patrick Church brought pop-culture inspired style with bold tiger stripe print on fabrics and white faux fur coats hand painted with eyes, lips, and “sex.”

Chen Peng

Faux fur was present in a number of Chinese designer Chen Peng’s Himalayan-inspired Fall/Winter 2019 collection in the form of long coats and fur trim.

Michael Kors

Michael Kors NYFW show was all about Studio 54-inspired glamour with sequins, gold, floral print, patchwork, and shaggy faux fur coats.

Vegan label Brave GentleMan will host its NYFW show this weekend with actor Alan Cumming MCing the event.