London fashion week has been stunned by the range of summer gear from the fashionistas of Europe when the catwalk models paraded down the catwalk in thick fur-lined parkas.
"It's a great look," said Gok Wan, who was at the Fashion show showing off his own range of waterproof summer dresses. "I wish I'd come up with this."
With the British Summer more damp squib than baking hot, the hooded parkas complete with fur-lined trim, and interior fur lining were available for both men and women.
"They are particularly well shaped," said Gok. "Very flattering. Very chic. Very sexy."
Rather than the traditional green of the 1970s fur-lined parka, of which they are reminiscent, the new parkas are in bold colours, such as gold, red and sky blue.
"The sky blue looks a little grey to me," said Gok. "However, I feel that this is the fashion house way of thumbing their noses at the British weather."
Although practical, fashionable and über chic, the parkas can get a little hot under the spotlights of the catwalk.
"I really enjoyed wearing the parka," said Kate Moss, who was modelling for the Joliette Fashion House of Milan. "I was sweating buckets in it. I lost eight ounces in weight! Brilliant."
The parkas are expected to hit the high streets in the next couple of weeks, just in time for the height of summer. When coupled with a Gok Wan waterproof summer dress they make the ideal outfit for hitting the beach in Brighton or the boutiques of Bond Street.
"For the liberal minded," said Gok Wan, "all of the fur in the parkas has been harvested by shaving hamsters. No hamsters were harmed, and they all grew their fur back."