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Warm Your Head and Heart With SpiritHoods' Fur-fect Animal Hats

Posted: 06/10/11 01:00

Animal-inspired headgear is no longer strictly the preserve of toddlers and Harajuku girls as this season sees our furry friends providing a wealth of catwalk inspiration.

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Designers are taking up the mini trend baton from the Autumn 2010 shows - remember Emma Cook's woodland headpieces featuring all manner of specially made antlers, bunny ears, horns and badger heads for TopShop Unique? - and growing it for Winter 2011. This season sees Gucci giving us luxurious racoon tail-style bonnets in jewel hued fur, The Row's decadent creature contorts (pictured below) stalked the runways whilst Givenchy's wool cat cap provides a balance of sleek sophistication and quirkiness to the trend - not to mention a hefty £1,500 price tag.

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With fur also proving controversially major for this season, LA-based brand SpiritHoods provides a guilt free opportunity to rock both these looks whilst spreading some love to our beastie buds. With their literal interpretations of a wealth of endangered wild things, these faux-furry bonnet hoods will keep the cold out and the cute in.

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I absolutely love the Snow Leopard, Night Owl (above) and Polar Bear styles and it seems I'm not alone - celebrity supporters spotted out in them include Jessie J, Alice Dellal and Ellie Goulding as well as panda fan and hot fashion property, Nicola Formichetti - as Lady Gaga's style director, I wonder if we'll see recent the Headwear Association Hall of Fame inductee in one soon?

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Anyway, as if you needed any more convincing, the brand which believes in the conservation and protection of the planet, puts its money where its mouth is, donating a portion of their proceeds to non-profit organisations that protect endangered species. So if you buy a panda, you help a panda, meaning SpiritHoods are pretty much guaranteed to make you feel warm and fuzzy in more ways than one.

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Available in the UK from ASOS.com and the newly launched SpiritHoods Kids range is now exclusive to Harrods and Selfridges.

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