Are you familiar with astrakhan? If you’re not, you should go ahead and get familiar, because it’s going to be everywhere come Fall 2012. In fact, fur in general is the trend that just won’t die, which is why we’re highlighting it today in our ongoing Fall 2012 Trends Week. Whether you prefer your fur bags short or long, it looks as though you’ll have plenty of choices come cold weather.

Astrakhan in particular, a close-cropped, wavy lamb fur, made a big splash, dotting the runways of enormous designers like Dior, Ferragamo and Fendi. On the complete opposite end of the spectrum were the Cousin It bags at Louis Vuitton, which looked like they’d come with their very own brush for upkeep. There wasn’t a lot in the middle – either designers are trying to stay away from the puffball look by using short, neat fur panels, or they’re going full monty with more fur than I have in my head. Our picks from the runway and how to get the look right now, after the jump.

Look forward to Fall 2012…

Shop the trend now…


Prada Fox Fur Shoulder Bag, $1995 via Neiman Marcus


Christian Louboutin Anastasia Fox Fur Clutch, $2345 via Neiman Marcus


WGACA Fendi Vntage Fur Bag, $1650 via ShopBop


Elie Tahari Chelsea Drawstring Bag, $449 via Bergdorf Goodman

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