Animal prints have conquered the Fall/Winter ’19 runways.
Unlike some of the more fleeting trends we’ve seen, animal prints have served as inspiration for fashion designers for a few seasons now. It’s perhaps safe to say that this trend isn’t going anywhere just yet.
This season, safari prints have received a great deal of attention, spanning New York to Paris Fashion Week. We found them on the runways at 3.1 Phillip Lim, Proenza Schouler, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Coach, Saint Laurent, and Celine — the list goes on.
The star was, however, the monochromatic zebra print.
This does not mean that the other classic animal prints took a backseat. Other safari prints like the leopard and snakeskin are now fiercer than ever. Here, everything you need to know from this trend:
Leopard prints has been a symbol of sophistication, power and seduction for women for years now. From its sudden burst in popularity in the 1960’s till date, women have loved (and continue to) this fashion statement print.
And one brand, Saint Laurent, is perhaps at the forefront of this trend. This season, the designer Anthony Vaccarello matched leopard prints looks with contrasting floral velvet embellished outerwear.
Louis Vuitton also showcased a mismatched way of wearing leopard print by pairing loud checkered prints the leopard. In addition, Kate Spade New York made a mark this fashion week with a monochromatic purple ensemble featuring all things leopard: a long leopard coat paired with a contrast leopard print handbag and a purple turban.
It’s clear. When it comes to wearing leopard prints, there are no rules.
Shop away with some of our favourite pieces this season — from the social media-loved leopard skirt “Naomi” from the label, Realisation Par, to Burberry’s blurred zipper top.
On the left: Burberry short-sleeved animal print cotton shirt (approximately S$2,000).
Top row (from left to right): DVF Nikita silk blend slip dress USD298, Realisation Par Naomi skirt USD180, Sandy Liang Lori printed crepe de chine dress USD415, Sandy Liang Promise mesh top USD175, Sandy Liang Training bralet USD85 and Sandy Liang Slippy skirt USD275.
Bottom row (from left to right): R13 leopard print voile shorts USD333.10, Saint Laurent halter-neck swimsuit USD806, RE/DONE cropped velvet jacket USD533.73 and Saint Laurent long Lavalliere in silk chiffon S$560.
Alongside the return of leopard is the comeback of the zebra print this Fall/ Winter 2019 season (especially at New York Fashion Week!).
At the recently-launched H&M Studio SS’19 collection, we saw a modern take on utility dressing — crisp khaki separates worn with zebra prints. The collection’s zebra pieces sold out almost instantly (we checked).
At New York Fashion Week, 3.1 Phillip Lim showcased two outstanding pieces in zebra — a polished and tailored zebra coat, and an asymmetrical shoulder zebra number in pastel blue. Proenza Schouler‘s zebra dress with peekaboo armpit cutouts was another noteworthy piece.
The highlight of the Fall/ Winter 2019 runways is undoubtedly Saint Laurent’s finale — designer Anthony Vaccarello turned the finale into a neon discotheque. Amidst the neon green and orange stilettos, feathered cocktail dresses and oversized coats, one zebra print minidress stood out (complete with matching bag and heels).
If we were to take another pick from the collection? That super chic zebra print pony hair mini skirt complete with feathers. Yup.
Back to your wardrobe: the zebra print is definitely something you should be looking out for. Our styling advice? Don’t shy away from bright colours when it comes to the zebra print — whether it be red or neon. The monochromatic colour palette balances those colours out. Big nullifies big.
On the left: Calvin Klein 205W39NYC red zebra denim jacket USD999.
Fourth Column (from top to bottom): Ganni zebra print stretch silk mini dress USD520.78, Jennifer Chamandi zebra print pony hair mules USD684.21 and The Attico zebra print calf hair and crystal boots USD799.
On the right: Bamba Swim Dynasty zebra dress S$179.95.
Finally, the snakeskin. Last year, this print was a favourite on the street style circuit, clocking numbers in the shoe trend department. So it came as no surprise when it reappeared this season on the Fall/ Winter 2019 runways.
One thing different from last year? The neutral snakeskins are going out.
As seen in the Off-White Spring Summer 2018 collection, Virgil Abloh sent down the runway neon snakeskins in dresses and puffy jackets. This Fall/ Winter runway, Sally LaPointe gave the print a girly touch with lilac, Gucci clashed green with snakeskin, and the New York-based label, Cine á Sept rehashed the print in bright green and orange.
Just days ago, Kim Kardashian was spotted in Paris rocking a full python assemble with two different types of snakeskin print, namely 1017 Alyx 9sm‘s python print leather jacket, and Yeezy‘s python print mid-calf boots.
We get it that some of you might not approve of Kim K’s head-to-toe clashing outfit (not easy to pull off unless you’re a Kardashian) but what we also do know is that this Kardashian-approved print will not be going away anytime soon. So, shop away with some of our favourites picks from this season.
A styling tip: Instead of wearing multiple snakeskin print pieces at once (like Kim), try to introduce one statement snakeskin piece to your outfit for starters — think a pair of booties, a minidress, or a handbag.
Left image: DVF Tessa stretch twill mini dress USD348.