Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Animal Print Redux

Disclaimer: This post is no way glamorizing the wearing of fur. I love fashion but I also love my furry friends in the animal kingdom. Please enjoy the harmless animal print items below..

Image from we heart it

An overflow of animal prints have hit the fashion runways for the last couple of years. Especially the leopard print, which seems to have the longevity to withstand fashion trends throughout the ages and still be very en vogue. No surprise here, since animal prints have been around since man had started wearing animal skins for warmth.

 There is a certain required criteria to pull off the 'animal print' and a certain degree of VIRTUS or courage. Regardless of what school of thought you adhere to in 
fashion, whether it be for the subtle or for the outrageous, below, you'll see a plethora of fabrics and designs and accessories, all with one thing in common: the animal print that covers it. 


                        Longchamp Leopard print gloves


"Clothes look great or not so great, depending on who’s wearing them. I truly feel Audrey gave Givenchy a look. As time went on, they collaborated, but I think she picked what was Audrey out of Givenchy."
- Ralph Lauren, fashion designer 

“Fashion anticipates, and elegance is a state of mind ... a mirror of the time in which we live, a translation of the future, and should never be static.” Oleg Cassini

It is fitting to start the first image with Audrey Hepburn, one of the style icons of the 20th century. Note Ralph Lauren's leopard hat coupled with the orange coat (photo above) as a retro-homage to Audrey Hepburn's orange coat "look" from the movie 'Charades.'cited

Leopard print dresses by Blumarine

"When in doubt, wear red." Bill Blass

Ann Bancroft in The Graduate

leopard print cuff Aridesigns@etsy

Marigay Mckee, Harrod's Fashion Director

safari belt from BOmode@etsy

leopard print clutch Simon + Tu

Things to remember when wearing animal prints:

Stick to One Animal Print: Keep it simple. Elegant. Sleek. Animal prints are most fashionable when worn only in one pattern, and to keep things tasteful, limit the print to one item at a time. 

Accessorize with Animal Patterns: If your fashion sense is a bit too tame to tackle large blocks of animal print, play it safe and look for animal patterns in smaller items or accessories.

What to Wear with Animal Prints

Beige, black, white, and chocolate brown. Smart accessories to have in animal prints are handbags, scarves, belts, shoes, mittens, hats. cited


“Fashion is architecture. It is a matter of proportions.” Coco Chanel

Vulcanized Boot from Adidas. source.

Connie Francis circa 1950's source

Sophia Loren, Jan 1, 1965 wearing a knee length black dress, leopard print hat and sitting next to a TWA flight bag in an airport lounge via LIFE

Ava Gardner

“A designer is only as good as the star who wears her clothes.” Edith Head

Liv Tyler for Vogue as photographed by Ellen von Unwerth

'"Fashion is based on a pendulum effect," says Sandy Black, research professor at The London College of Fashion. "Designers need to satisfy a constant desire for novelty. Trends live for a while then people get bored and there is a polar reaction against them. Colour comes after black. Clean lines follow bohemian fashions..."' cited

Roberto Cavalli designed these Coke bottles for Coca Cola. Incidentally, Roberto Cavalli is widely known in the fashion world to incorporate the animal print quite a bit in all and any design he ventures in.

Scarlett Johanson for Mango Fall/Winter 2009 Ad Campaign

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