The New Way to Wear Animal Print in 2015
Sassy animal print is a trend that will never truly die, but this season we’re seeing a lot more of it than usual. It’s not very in-your-face though; the key to AW15 animal print is to wear it in soft, refined shades, or to include just a small touch of it in an outfit. It’s also very popular to mix and match different animal prints within one garment. Let’s take a look at how the fashion houses have been using animal print this season.
In March Dior showcased their ready-to-wear autumn-winter collection at Paris Fashion Week and within it were some truly unique animal-inspired prints. We saw jumpers and tops adorned with abstract zebra prints, dresses and jumpsuits decorated with oversized abstract leopard prints, and shimmering metallic coats which mimicked extravagant snakeskin.
Throughout their AW15 collection Miu Miu mixed and match a smorgasbord of prints, patterns and materials, and small touches of animal print made an appearance throughout. Tweed skirts and coats were given contrast crocodile skin panels, and vampy croc-skin midi skirts were teamed with bright woolly jumpers to create a trendy geek-chic look.
There were some truly classic and elegant animal-print looks in Roberto Cavalli’s autumn-winter collection this year. Timeless leopard-print midi skirts were teamed with feminine blouses for an updated 70s look, and many outfits and tops mixed multiple animal prints together. We also saw various furs and feathers used throughout the collection for a really opulent take on the animal trend.
The punky AW15 collection from Saint Laurent had many splashes of sassy animal print, most notably in the form of a mini leopard-print prom dress teamed with chunky lace-up boots and fishnet tights, and a dramatic shimmering floor-length gown with zebra-style stripes across the front and a dramatic thigh-high split. There were also several fur coats, including a bold electric blue leopard-print trench coat which really turned heads.
Get the look
One of the best investments you can make this season is a versatile animal print dress, skirt or evening top; just one key piece that works with a range of outfits will allow you to let your wild side loose and look bang on trend. We created Damia, a gorgeous animal print swing dress, with this in mind. The simple but elegant cut means it’s really easy to wear and flattering on all figures, whilst the bold combination of zebra, leopard and snake skin means that the print does all the talking. Dress it up with heels and jewellery for a classic look like Roberto Cavalli’s range, or dress it down with opaque tights, ankle boots and leather jacket to get the punky vibe a la Saint Laurent.