Top fashion runways, this season bid a clear adieu to the romantic fashion of Spring-summer with the feisty fall trend. Everyone from Gucci to Salvatore Ferragamo to D&G and Moschino announced the return of animal prints in their fall 2010 collection.
Almost as if to reverberate the trend, global celebs like Rihanna, Cheryl Cole, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Sharon Stone and Claudia Schiffer were seen sporting the trend. Closer home in Bollywood, Sushmita Sen, Shazahn Padamsee and Malaika Arora were recently seen flaunting the animal prints. The prints in vogue include Leopard spots, tiger stripes, snakeskin, Zebra stripes to Giraffe, Cheetah and even Ostrich prints. Designer Monika Arora says, "Animal print is a tricky trend, so carry it well. Also, get the animal print look right for your age. If you’re forty and haven’t styled the look right, you may look like mutton dressed as lamb."
Read on, as experts tell how to make the look work for your age.
20s: Experiment aloud
The edgier, the better. Animal prints in the form of short dresses, tights, shorts look fabulous for this age. Opt for prints in bold coloured hues like orange, cherry red, and teal blue.
Avoid: Too many accessories
30s: Confidence is the key
Designer Jaya Rathore says, "Think of slim lines, red lips and big hair. Animal prints in the form of tunics teamed with a pair of neutral coloured tight or the loose flowy dress accessorised with a high waist belt looks fantastic."
Avoid: Animal print pants with matching accessories
40s: Bring on the classic
Designer Pam Mehta says, "Zebra and Cheetah prints are classics, so go for them. Team up animal prints accessories like handbag or clutch or jacket with solid colours."
Avoid: Big prints on big body types.
50s: Call for control
"If you’re going for the long gowns, flowy chiffon sari or structured jackets in animal prints, then team up the look with pearl strings or statement pieces as earrings," says designer Anjali Kapoor.
Avoid: Bold horizontal prints.
Rule to remember: The golden rule is for animal printed tops or pants, is to make sure that either the top or bottom is in a solid or neutral colour, preferably black or beige.
Retro look: The runway reports and the fall collections coming out in the stores indicate that the 70s retro look is in. So why not go with the flow. Try out jumpsuits with animal prints accessorised with a hipster belt. Young people with a great body language and on a leaner side would carry it off very well.
Keep hair simple: When sporting a leopard print dress or a top, keep the hairstyle simple and natural looking. A side ponytail or a top knot works well. However, avoid the crimp and curl hair for another look when you intend to wear something less busy than an animal print.
Minimal accessories: Opt for a simple accessory like a black pair of simple shoes or a simple black belt around a dress. Wear minimal jewellery because the prints are so busy, they will visually clash with the patterns. A nice bracelet or stud earrings should just do the trick. Also, though yellow tone jewellery may not be your style, it works well with a leopard print dress.
Avoid revealing clothes: It’s always advisable to avoid wearing clothes that are too revealing and skimpy. Short skirts, tight pants, or a low-cut top will not look good in animal print. Kaftan gowns look good but remember to keep the sleeves not too billowy as you have to give the impression of a controlled look. Also never ever try frills or fringes on animal print.
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