All fur coats and no knickers

There’s something about being swathed in unrepentant luxury. Fur, it’s shaggy faux counterparts, deluxe shearling – anything that implores tactile interaction from the casual passer by – all fit in the same category. There’s at once the historical association with luxury and the now-cemented condition of being taboo. There’s warmth heightened by a primitive impulse, tactility that’s amplified against bare skin, opulence that’s deepened because it’s not just a pleasure but a guity one. More often than not, faux elicits the same response as does the real thing.

fur coat no knickers fashion shoot

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Jonathan Agostini for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Jonathan Agostini for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Jonathan Agostini for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Jonathan Agostini for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Jonathan Agostini for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Jonathan Agostini for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Jonathan Agostini for Bambi XVII (NSFW)
Jonathan Agostini for Bambi XVII (NSFW)

It’s for these reasons that a shoot like Jonathan Agostini’s for issue XVII of Bambi Magazine will polarise. Each image is undoubtedly beautiful: windswept, sensual, wonderfully framed, shot at creative upwards angles. The styling as a form of expression is more complex, and either you’ll see it as a beautiful use of texture or as a symptom of some social woes. Either way, it gives the old adage of being all fur coats and no knickers a stunningly literal spin – and you can make your own mind up on how you feel about it at the gallery.

For the full Bambi issue head to bambimagazine.com.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.