Pictured: H&M faux-fur coat (sold out, similar here and here), MSGM crushed velvet trousers (similar here and here) and pink V-neck and turtleneck (similar here and here)

If there’s anything we can learn from this past FW’ season, it’s that faux-fur is more fabulous than real fur. From cruelty-free brands such as Stella McCartney and Shrimps to traditional fashion houses like Miu Miu and Gucci (which recently banned the use of real fur), designers show that there’s nothing modern about torturing animals raised specifically for their skin. This includes any item tagged with fur OR shearling. Technologies are advanced enough to make faux-fur coats just as warm and most importantly cuter than ever (think bright colors like the one pictured). Consumers who adore and advocate for fur do not see past their prestige-driven mentalities and realize that animals do not need to be killed to establish their “superiority”. So next time you’re looking for a fuzzy coat, opt for that faux-fur one, because your morals and the piece’s cuteness will only make you a better (looking) person.

-Matt Chu

In today’s Lunch Break Chats, I caught up with friend and style blogger Henry Ng (Street Style Poser) and got a glimpse of his fashion perspective. For my style profile make sure to visit Henry’s site.

Describe your personal style. Is there a fashion icon you look up to?

Someone described my style as “casual perfection”, which I like that a lot, even though it doesn’t really paint a clear picture. I tend to gravitate towards clothes or items that are unique, quirky or interesting. I like the idea of taking pieces that’s unusual and different and working them into everyday wear.

As for icons, I love Roisin Murphy’s style. She mixes elegance with quirkiness so effortlessly – it helps that she’s stunning but I think her ability to not take herself seriously presents an opportunity to have fun with fashion.

Tell me about this outfit. How did you come up with it?

I had this idea of an Oriental mafia who’s also very sartorial conscious in a modern day sort of way – you know not necessarily rough and tough, but still dark and mysterious, if that makes sense.

What are some of your wardrobe essentials?

I tend to invest in pieces that are unique or interesting that work with several outfits and won’t become out of style. I’m not sure if these pieces are considered essentials per se, but since I’m not a T-shirt and jeans kind of guy, I feel they’re more important to me than a T-shirt or a pair of jeans since you can easily replace them. View Post

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve embarked on a teddy bear journey, documenting as many ways possible to make it a fashionable element. After all, the teddy is an iconic toy that evokes all sorts of cuddly and warm feelings, so why not still make it relevant as full-grown adults? My simple progression was as follows: View Post

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To hit 10K on Instagram has to mean something right? (now be sure to also like my Facebook page) Now that I have somewhat of a presence, I’ll be answering the question several of you have asked me: Who am I exactly and what do I do? View Post

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You’re not really a New Yorker until you say no to going out on a Friday night. It’s somewhat of an illusion that it’s the city that never sleeps, because if you try to keep up with that, you’ll probably suffer malnutrition from eating too much $1 pizza. But if you are planning on staying out until the sun rises, why not dress so you’re still glamorous in the daylight? So here’s to some hangover chic. View Post