Ever since the Chanel A/W'10 show way back in March this year, Grazia Daily has been kept awake at night wondering - will we really be able to pull off those furry trousers in the real world?
For the recession-conscious fashionista, purchases of this kind are not to be taken lightly. A pair of 'fantasy fur' (Karl's infinitely more elegant term for fake fur) pantaloons by the world's grandest luxury fashion maison, are unlikely to come cheap, and so this is one fashion purchase that must be given some very serious consideration.
Yes, they appear to be the perfect garment to blend in on a possibly-fake giant iceberg set in the elegant surroundings of Paris' Grand Palais, where one is on stage before an audience of the most exuberantly-experimental dressers of our day. Against that frozen arctic minimalist backdrop, textured, pouffy luxurious clothing of this kind seems not just inspired, but actually prudent.
But, how would the trousers fare, say, in a more urban, gritty, everyday environment? Surrounded by the filth and squalor of big city life, more fickle weather and - shudder - the general public, who, are known to be, not just ignorant of, but occasionally even arrogantly indifferent to, the genius of high fashion design?
Fortunately, Professor Karl Lagerfeld of the Institute of Fashion Studies has conducted just such an experiment, transposing the trousers to various settings in central New York. And he has posted the results of his ground-breaking report on the website for his testing station, Laboratoires Chanel.
Take a look at this pictorial evidence and decide for yourself, whether the furry trouser is an A/W'10 wardrobe staple and essential investment purchase, or merely a delightful flight of fancy too too beautiful for this cruel world. [chanel]