About Animal Prints

 

 
 
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.
Leopard scarf

For Spring: a leopard scarf with your trenchcoat

 
full length no jacket

For Summer: leopard shoes

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Every dog has his day

My day will come



 
 
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.
Hard-working, dependable

Color-blocked bag: hard-working, dependable


 
And it reminded me of something. Something very pleasing.
 
Working English Sheepdog, color-blocked

Working English Sheepdog, color-blocked


 
An abstract animal representation!
 
But let’s leave the free association aside for now, and make sure you have a little leopard on hand.
 
Lauren by Ralph Lauren

Lauren Ralph Lauren

Cole Haan

Cole Haan

Tory Burch

Tory Burch


T Tahari

T Tahari

Bettye Muller

Bettye Muller

Echo

Echo

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)

Lauren Calf Hair Belt; Cole Haan Ashlyn Leopard Print Ballet Flat; Tory Burch Watercolor Leopard Print Scarf; T Tahari Ranma Flat; Bettye Muller Calf Hair Flat; Echo Leopard Silk Scarf

2 thoughts on “About Animal Prints

  1. This is the funniest post on leopard and yet still helpful. I covet that bag and the comparison is spot on. And the adorableness!

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