ARTICLE ARMAND LIMNANDER
PHOTOGRAPHY MICHAEL ROBERTS
STYLIST ANDREA TENERANI
IF WEARING BUGS BUNNY COSTUMES IS WHAT TURNS YOU ON, JUST MAKE SURE THE RABBIT'S FOR REAL.
If you’re not yet familiar with the furtastic world of furries and furverts, it’s high time you were. Simply put, furries are people who are inordinately attracted to cute, furry creatures and who enjoy dressing up as such. They are also quite fond of teddy bears and other stuffed animals, which explains the existence of plushies, or stuffed-animal folk.
Some furries are content simply to wear fur suits and discuss the finer points of Mickey Mouse or Pink Panther. Furverts, the friskier subset of the group, aren’t quite so G rated. According to urbandictionary.com, a furvert is “someone that views anthropomorphic characters for sexual enjoyment.” A more succinct definition: anyone who has sexual intercourse with a person in animal costume, commonly a rabbit, a bear, or a lion.
Furverts have active imaginations and a strong love of vamped-up cartoon animals; few of them would pass up the chance to go on a honeymoon with Bugs Bunny in drag. Furvert art often takes things a step further, depicting racy comic-book scenes that involve lesbian wolves, zebras pleasured by lions, and humanoid cats playing with mousetraps in S&M romps. At special events like the annual ConFurence convention, fox and tiger he-men gleefully cavort with sassy Disney characters, frisky cat ladies, bumbling sports mascots, and weird Japanese anime vixens.
If it all sounds a tad perplexing, that’s because it is. But hey, if you need fur to find true love, who are we to argue? Just make sure to go about it in style. Furries and furverts, who are currently coming out in droves (and packs and herds), should take some time to assess their wardrobes. Designers are flaunting the most fabulous furs in recent memory, so why should anyone settle for ratty thrift-store foxtails or polyester-lined homemade ensembles that look like they were mauled by a coyote?
Consider instead some of these furrific offerings: Burberry and Armani are proving that goats have plenty of sex appeal. Fendi and Moschino have envisioned decidedly saucy bunnies, while Jil Sander and Valentino have sexed up mink. Bally has come up with a decidedly foxy fox.
These pelts work just as well in everyday life as they do between furvert sheets. If thoughts of Winnie the Pooh in a thong don’t get your engine going, then treat fur as the new cashmere. Instead of accessorizing your silken coat with ears and whiskers, throw it over a pair of faded leans and an old T-shirt for a perfectly rugged winter uniform. And if you should ever get pestered by a fang-bearing PETA activist, give him a taste of his own politically correct medicine. As an honorary furry, you are not just keeping yourself fashionably warm- you are flaunting your newfound alternative lifestyle.
MODELS RYAN CURRY (IMG), HEINRIK, JARROD, OWEN, AIDEN CRAWLEY (OXYGEN, LONDON), DAVID SERPELL (SELECT, LONDON), DOMENIC (FORD), PHOTO ASSISTANT PIETRO BAGNARA, STYLIST ASSISTANT VILNIUS, GROOMING FRANCO GOBBI