I am a big fan of animal prints, in small doses: scarves, belts, gloves and shoes. The mainstays of this group are leopard, zebra, tiger and giraffe, but interpretations of snakeskin and alligator have been on the rise. With innovations in laser-printed fabrics, can Shar Pei be far behind?
Leopard is my favorite.
Traditional leopard (I am writing this with a straight face) combines a few shades of brown (camel and chocolate brown) and it looks beautiful with red (all shades from orange reds to blue reds), lavender, carnation pink, navy, camel, black and white. Seeking even greater range, some designers have set aside the conventional wisdom — that a leopard cannot change its spots — and reinterpreted the pattern in colors that would provide no camouflage in nature. Turquoise leopard? I don’t know about that.
I bought a new work bag last summer – the Borough color-block bag from Coach. The compartments are big enough for a Kindle, iPad, or notebook (by this, I mean a paper notebook) and I thought the color combination — white, gray and British tan — was an interesting spring/summer alternative to black.
And it reminded me of something. Something very pleasing.
An abstract animal representation!
But let’s leave the free association aside for now, and make sure you have a little leopard on hand.
Trench coat: Tory Burch; Scarf: Ann Taylor; Shoes: Camper; Red blouse: Anthropologie; White pants: JCrew; Leopard-print Mary-Janes: Cole Haan; Coach Borough bag (2014)