Insider Shopping: The Real Vs. Faux Face-Off



Rhonda Sargent Chambers kicks off her new Insider Shopping series for DFW Style Daily with a look at one of fall’s hottest trends. Read on for Rhonda’s luxe fur and leather picks, plus fashionable faux alternatives. Can you tell the difference?



Is it faux or is it for real? Why choose one over the other?


We all know that socially-conscious Stella does not approve of real fur and leather, but beyond Ms. McCartney’s animal-friendly stance, swanky folks are scooping up faux alternatives these days and taking them into mainstream.


Some trend watchers guess that our pocketbooks have much to do with this phenomenon. It is definitely true that many of us are in search of alternative price points these days, choosing faux fur or ‘pleather’ over real skins based on economics.


Still others believe that eschewing the real deal might have more to do with increasing feelings of eco-responsibility. We are seeing our natural resources depleting rapidly, from icebergs to the growing list of endangered animals.


No matter which side of the debate you’re on (or if you’re firmly planted in the middle), I’ve selected a few tempting options for fall. Even fur and leather devotees may find a faux to love in this fashionable lot.




Faux: At left, Stella McCartney’s crepe LBD with faux leather sleeves ($1,085, from Net-a-Porter).


Real: On the right, Diane Von Furstenberg’s Christina dress with black lambskin accents ($498, from Bergdorf Goodman).




Faux: The No Fur Vest by Blu Moon on the left can be worn over a dress or with jeans for a more casual look ($154, from Planet Blue).


Real: At right, we love the mélange of colors in this Adrienne Landau textured fox vest ($795, from Intermix).




Faux: The boho chic ‘Bobo’ sweatshirt on the left by Generation Love features a high-low hem, faux leather sleeves, and faux leather back insert ($179, from Singer22).


Real: Its twin on the right is by Aiko, made with real leather ($298, from Neiman Marcus).


Rhonda Sargent Chambers

As a model, instructor, and speaker, Rhonda Sargent Chambers has been a respected figure in the fashion community for over 30 years. In addition to her work with Dallas’ Kim Dawson Agency and top international modeling agencies, she produces fashion events through her company, RSC Show Productions. Some of Rhonda’s notable clients include NorthPark Center, Macy’s, The Dallas Opera’s First Night Red Carpet Gala, and Fashion Group International’s Career Day. Rhonda is also a regular contributor on the subjects of fashion and style to WFAA’s Good Morning Texas and