Animal prints have been around for a very long time and are still a fashion trend. The “animalier” look, as the French say, is actually a classic in fashion. Used as an exotic touch, animal prints can add sophistication and interest to any outfit. Zebra, cheetah, leopard and similar patterns are clearly very eye-catching, hence the best way to wear them will be in small doses, just like an accent to a monochromatic or neutral outfit. The trick here is to keep it simple and never over do it, unless your name is Roberto Cavalli, but then is a totally different story. Roberto Cavalli is the master of animal prints. Most of his collections are dominated by these bold, graphic motives, printed on light and precious fabrics, like silk. The overall effect never fails to be very chic and stylish, as you can tell by these photos from Cavalli’s Spring Summer lookbook:
I love animal print in accessories, especially bags.
There is a psychology behind loving or hating animal prints. Because wild animal motives are very suggestive, there is always a risk of looking too seductive when wearing them, and/or too overpowering. At the same time there is also a fun side in animal prints, just think about all the fancy dress costumes that they can inspire, which is another reason why some people are not so keen on wild animal patterns. While this style is considered “a bit too much” by most people and can be a “fashion taboo” for a few of us, it’s perfect if you have a strong personality and can handle being a bit daring with your outfits!
(Michael Kors Spring Summer 2012)
(Salvatore Ferragamo Spring-Summer 2012)