Fashion & Beauty

The Fall of the Wild

August 14, 2018


IT’S TIME to connect with your animal instinct.

Leopard prints, which seem to have nine lives, are back again and running their spots all over those ubiquitous florals. But the catty pattern isn’t alone in the limelight. Designers have also fallen in love with other members of the animal kingdom —tigers, zebras, even snakes—letting them roam free on jackets, blouses, pants, skirts, handbags and shoes.

For fall 2018, designer Proenza Schouler put a tiger print on a maxi coat and dress; Victoria Beckham went wild for leopard on shirts and coats, while Michael Kors had some feral fun with a pair of sandals.  Think of these prints as neutrals you can build almost any outfit around. Animal anxiety? Dip a toe into the trend with a scarf or sunglasses.

—Janet Kelly

ABOVE, LEFT: F.R.S. – For Restless Sleepers climbed on the critter bandwagon: its Zelos Blue Silk Trousers with a slinky snake print are edged in blue piping. Too elegant to stay in the bedroom, wear them out to cocktails with a shiny pair of pumps and a simple silk blouse.  $788, Matches Fashion.

ABOVE, RIGHT: The ’80s are back—again. Channel the decade with statement accessories like Chimi’s Tiger-Printed Cat-Eye Acetate Sunglasses with semi-opaque black lenses. $150, Net A Porter.



ABOVE FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: This luxe Lila Rola Screen-Print Silk Classic Pajama Set from Olivia Von Halle is just the kind of outfit we can imagine old Hollywood royalty swanning around in. Just luscious. $570, Neiman Marcus.

Forget horses. Milly opted for the fastest mammal on land (according to National Geographic) for her Emmie Long-Sleeve Cheetah Print Silk Top with choker tie at the neck. $395, Neiman Marcus.

Wear Topshop’s  Zebra Print Pleated Midi Wrap Skirt for a touch of the exotic. Too wild? Tone it down with a white T-shirt and a leather jacket. $75, Nordstrom.

ABOVE, LEFT: Scare away the rain drops in Ganni ‘s translucent Cherry Blossom Leopard Print Rain Jacket.  Large pockets and attached hood make it a practical buy. $295, Moda Operandi.

ABOVE, RIGHT: A boldly striped tiger print maxi coat strode its way down Proenza Schouler’s fall 2018 runway.

ABOVE, LEFT: The cherry red color of Diane von Furstenberg’s Long-Sleeve Chiffon Blouse sets it apart from the roaring crowd. $298, Shopbop.

ABOVE, RIGHT: Break out of the boring with an oversize Leopard Print Shirt. Not your everyday work blouse. $59.99, Mango.



ABOVE, LEFT: Fitted Shirt from Victoria Beckham’s fall 2018 runway collection. Made from viscose and lined in silk, it has a tabby print in tan and brown. $1,115, currently sold out at Saks Fifth Avenue.

ABOVE, RIGHT: Michael Kors paired red-striped camo pants with leopard sandals for his fall 2018 collection.



ABOVE, LEFT: Ocelot Print Genuine Calf Hair Foldover Clutch from Clare V makes a standout accent for any outfit. $275, Nordstrom.

ABOVE, RIGHT: Feel the call of the wild right down to your toes in suede Tretorn NY Lite Leopard-Print Sneakers . $85, Shopbop.


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