When talking about this year's fashion trend, we will never forget Animal Print. Just when you though the animal print trend was waning, along comes another dose of leopard print for Fall 2010. Animal motifs rocked the catwalks too.
Love it or loathe it - animal print is having a fashion moment all of its own with sophisticated leopard and cheetah prints . Everyone it seems is seeing spots! Lashings of cheetah and leopard appeared on the Fall 2010 runways in the guise of dresses, jackets, coats, long-line gilets, skirts and peg-leg pants to scarves, shoes, knickers and handbags. From Balmain and Dries Van Noten to Dolce & Gabbana and Louis Vuitton, animal magic worked its charms. Animal print is also proving to be the hottest Fall 2010 trend in home design with wallpaper, couches and rugs all leaping on the leopard trend.
The History of Animal Print Fashion
Animal print is one defiant trend that just won't go away. After 5 decades this perennial fall favorite is proving as popular as ever. The fashion world first went wild about animal print in the 60s (think Ursula Andress) and it resurfaced once again in the '80s with Blonde's Debbie Harry proving an ambassador for the trend. In the Brit pop days of the '90s it was the Spice Girls who walked on the wild side and a decade later we saw more grown-up versions mixed with neon brights.
2010, however, sees a more refined style-take on animal print in keeping with today's move towards season less fashion and these chic life-like prints likely to prove a good investment. Find everything from coats to underwear, gloves and tight, high street stores are going leopard loco.
According to Telegraph's Hilary Alexander in her September 06, 2010 feature "Leopard Print? It's Spot On", psychologists believe that fashion's fixation with leopard print is because the pattern is locked into our DNA - going back to a time when our ancestors were hunter-gatherers and animal skins were treasured for their warmth.
How to Wear an Animal Print
In the past those who wore leopard-print occupied a strange no-person's land. According to Alexander animal print "treads a fine line between tarty and tasteful."
However, anything goes this season from a single piece to top-to-toe:
Fashion's golden rule has always been to keep animal print to one single piece and keep the rest of your outfit simple. The safest way to wear animal print is sparingly!
Pair leopard print with beige or black to keep it chic and refined.
Dip a toe into the trend by adding a leopard print accessory to a plain outfit. This could be a scarf, a hat, some tights, gloves, a structured bag or a pair of cute kitten heels.
For a real celebrity look break the rules by mixing and matching prints. However, this look is not for the faint-hearted. Keep accessories to a minimum to keep it chic.
Go for good quality fabrics. Cheap material can look less than chic when it's an animal print.
Animal Motifs for Fall 2010
Another variation of this trend is literally "animal printed" fabrics and animal motifs on jumpers and sweater dresses. Whether it's birds or squirrels, giraffes or bears, this very '80s-inspired look has been embraced in a big way.
The latest trend to hit the jewelry market is animal shaped jewelry. This latest craze consists of animal-shapes on necklaces, rings, bangles and brooches. Find birds, butterflies, jaguars, tigers and dolphins and all manner of other heavenly creatures.
Whether it's a cute animal motif or a wild leopard or cheetah print, this fall winter season is full of animal magic! Perfect choice for this reason!