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By Kristen Shirley

Whether printed, mixed or even gold coated, this season designers brought opulence to new levels with their fur offerings.

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Left: J. Mendel noir 24K gold infused silver fox off-the-shoulder coat, J. Mendel in New York +1 212 832 5830 x642, carmen@jmendel.comjmendel.com. Middle: Fendi mink and fox striped fur, $22,000, Fendi in New York, +1 212 897 2244, fendi.com. Right: Carolina Herrera mink jacket, $26,990,Carolina Herrera in New York, +1 212 249 6552, carolinaherrera.com

For his first-ever couture collection for J. Mendel, designer Gilles Mendel pulled out all the stops to showcase his prowess with fur and his atelier’s impeccable manufacturing. While the hand-beaded dresses inspired by Keith Haring are stunning, we couldn’t take our eyes off the gold-infused furs. Using a special technique, Gilles mists the furs with liquid gold. The noir 24K-gold-infused, silver fox off-the-shoulder coat, pictured below right, has an invisible bead-encrusted corset and 24K gold-filled button details. At Fendi, Karl Lagerfeld showed a collection of fun resort furs. The alternating stripes of fur and sheer fabric won’t keep you as warm as one of Fendi’s classic furs, but it is definitely more fun. Mixing different furs, including mink and fox, this is one of the most playful furs we have seen in quite some time. Always elegant and sophisticated, Carolina Herrera included a beautiful blue mink inlaid with a white floral design, brightening up a classic silhouette. Extremely wearable, we can see this coat flung over an evening gown as well as doing duty during the day.

Click through too see our picks for the fur trend.