Let’s be real, animal print has never really gone out of style nor does it look like it will anytime soon, but this F/W season animal textiles will prove to be a dominant staple in our closets. The concept of faux animal textures on clothing debuted back in 1947 during Christian Dior’s runway show. The renegade trend was featured on a chiffon draped dress that became highly successful after the show. The rather innovative designer for his time noted that “the spots of color will animate the streets of tomorrow”. The inspiration behind borrowing prints from the wilderness was to promote the strong, wild side that was hiding somewhere in each woman. After a few more decades once technology progressed the textile industry, the first animal printed knit piece made its appearance in 1991. Ever since the a range from zebra, python, to cheetah prints have been traditionally in style.
With an emphasis on preserving wildlife and having an ethical foundation within the design houses, many brands are opting only to produce faux fur or faux leather products. The intricate patterns and fabrications now a days could fool anyone for the real thing. Yes, the traditional trend of a neutral toned leopard print will still be evident but expect to see some saturated, bold hues to choose from as well. The playful bright reds on zebra printed jackets are so much fun and the crisp white snake print on boots will leave everyone in envy. These prints are featured on a large variety of products to be worn from head to toe. Here below are some of the staples to look for while shopping around.
Keep it simple with a maxi dress with an exotic cat print. Because of the loud fabric try not to over-accessorize with belts or chunky jewelry.
A boldly colored button-down shirt is perfect to show an edgier side. Pair it with leather pants or a skirt, and you’ll be ready to rock and roll!
COATS & JACKETS
Stay cozy when going out and about around the town in a faux fur coat. This statement pieces will elevate any basic jean and boot combo.
Add a playful touch to a casual outfit with snake printed boots. Many boots this fall season are offered in a chunky heel, making it easier to wear on the go.
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