I am obsessed with Muppet fur. I was never a Muppet obsessive per se, however I suppose Fraggle Rock is a different story. Wembley, Red, Mokey, Gobo and Boober had my undivided puppet attention as a child. I styled an incredible knitted coat in black for one of my favourite shoots with Rankin. I didn’t think it could get any better. However, when Icon Of My Life (aka SJP) wore that mind-blowingly beautiful alpaca coat from New York label Nonoo back in February, my love of the good fluff was reignited. She goes by the name of ‘Annabel’ FYI.


I don’t know what it is about colourful fur that makes me want to build a nest and crawl in. The bright striped Prada stoles for Spring/Summer 2011 give me as much of a rush of excitement when I see them now as when I did the first time I saw them striding down the runway. Ditto Meadham Kirchhoff’s fabulous fluffy coats from last year. prada 2011

Fun fur has always held a negative connotation in my mind, but this bright fluffy stuff – is it even fur?meadham kirchhoff

I am pleased to report that I have found a range of items currently in Topshop that provide the fur fix I need, for this autumn at least. Not quite as Cookie Monster-esque and resplendently flowing as SJP’s and certainly much more like the matted skin of a Fraggle. However the punchy colours and texture give the look a more everyday edge, and the temptation to indulge in more than one is overwhelming. I am usually the idiot who leaves her winter coat buying until October when wearing three jackets, multiple scarves and a cape really doesn’t cut it any longer and there are seemingly no winter coats available to buy in the world, However, with the Autumn/August {same vowels, different consonants interestingly} that we are currently enjoying /enduring, the thought of purchasing not one but two of these delicious coats is not seeming indulgent, but clearly a necessity.fluffy fashion

The acid green longline boyfriend coat and the lipstick red 60’s zip up tulip shape are the ones for me. Yes, they come in a subtle and more subdued greeny blue for the less confident. But hell, if you have to wear a coat in the summer, you may as well make it positive somehow. And if the idea of getting this heavy in August is really not for you, then make like Mokey and snuggle in for the summer with this fluffy Fraggle skin-coloured tee.  If you see Annabel, tell her I love her.