Snow Monkeys



I think it's safe to say that it has been a very snowy winter thus far, both in Europe and here on the East Coast of the US. Even "Down South", which never gets hit, has had more than its fair share of the white stuff this season. So it doesn't take much to surmise that this was a major influence behind so many designers sending so much fur and parka-type outerwear down the runways.
Oh I hear you say, so what's new about that? Well, I'll tell you what and I think I know where it's coming from too, Snow Monkeys!!! Who can resist these exceptional creatures?; as gorgeous as any super model. I have been reading all about them.

The Japanese Macaque lives in mountainous areas of Japan. It survives winter temperatures below -15 °C (5°F), and is perhaps most notable for the amount of time it spends in naturally heated volcanic hot springs in Snow Monkey Park located in the town of Yamanouchi, Nagano Prefecture, close to a historical hot spring area named Shibu Onsen. On February 24, 2011, CNN reported the springs were manmade a few years ago to get the monkeys away from harassing people and that they do not naturally go into hot springs.








I think some of the designers were also inspired by snow monkeys, using the same shades of taupe and beige for soft and shaggy fur.


Prada F2011


Prada F2011


Prada F2011


Julien Macdonald 2011


Julien Macdonald 2011


Fendi F2011


Fendi F2011


Fendi F2011


Albino F2011

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