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For fall 2016/2017, designers offered an array of great fashion choices that are sure to deliver cold weather chic. From jaw-dropping yet beautiful intarsia mink coats, to cheeky fox chubbies, robust shearling, sumptuous sables or luxe lynx, this season is full of great outerwear. It’s all about making the right style statement.

Fashion trends include statement coats with volume. Proportions are important. Silhouettes are strong. Look for vests and jackets in a variety of lengths and shapes. There’s a return to the 1980s styles. In color, furs in jewel tones, prints and patterns are beautiful. There’s also a color craze with colorful contrast collars and cuffs on coats. Accessories add a luxurious touch to your outfit, especially in fur bags, gloves, scarves, hats, mittens and muffs. The key is to be warm. So layer up!

For the guys, there are plenty of great ways to fight the cold, too. This season, men’s fur fashion options range from a more rugged appeal to polished and sophisticated looks. Fur hats, scarves and gloves protect you and keep heat from escaping. These fashionable accessories provide warmth and affordable way to fight the cold and add a bit of dash to your wardrobe.

The student fur designer competition

Calling all fur design students who want to compete in the 2017/2018 IFF ReMix International Award competition. The deadline for your applications and sketch to be received at the FICA office is Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. All official entries must include (1) a color drawing/sketch or rendition, (2) a completed entry form for each design submitted, (3) a brief biography of the designer and (4) a student headshot. Email your entry directly to Nicole Smith at Nicole@fur.org. Contestants must also be a current student or have graduated from design school within four years from the date of entry to the competition. All entries must be the work of the designer.

ReMix is about finding the best young fashion designers from around the world and showcasing their talents when working with fur. The global competition encourages, embraces and promotes their pure creativity before they enter the commercial fashion industry.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, the results will be released and three finalists and their school administrators will be contacted. Winning students should be ready, willing and able to travel (between April 2017 and October 2017) to work on construction of their garments. During this period, student designers will receive final design direction/instruction/recommendations by the design team director who is paired with the student. For winning students only, the organization gives an extensive public relations campaign/promotion throughout the U.S.

By Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, the FICA office must receive professional-quality images of the finished garments from the three winning U.S. students. Last year’s students hired professional photographers and models for their images. In early February 2018, all garments must be ready for the MiFur 2018. If your design is selected by the international judging committee, your garment(s) must be carried over to Milan personally by you. The FICA offices will notify finalists.

The winners will receive worldwide exposure, a generous cash prize, paid travel to Milan for the MiFur 2018 presentations, a feature in a leading international fashion magazine (Vogue) and the ReMix International Designer Award or the Menswear Award.