Promoted in the 1950s by Christian Dior, the animal print found its place under the spotlight not only on the catwalks, but also on the streets. It is no secret that even today the designers draw inspiration from this decade, in preparing their new collections.
The animal print is among the few “eternal” fashion trends, which in fact has not left the collections of many fashion brands. Yes, it has its tides, but it never disappears completely.
For so many years, the animal print was stigmatized as “gingerbread” or briefly worn only by people without taste. This season, it is back at full speed as something that everyone should have in their wardrobe.
We asked the stylist of the stars Christian Pizhov for fashion advice on how to be irresistible during the summer season.
1. Tell us a little more about the triumphant return of the “animal print”
The animal print has long been preferred by many fashion designers. As early as the 1990s, the prints were emblematic and present in both the summer and winter collections of Roberto Cavalli, Versace, Dolce and Gabbana, etc. But in recent years we have noticed that many other brands have turned to them. Trends for last season say that to wear an animal print, you need to be brave and ready to combine a tiger with a zebra or a leopard with a snake print, and why not all together!
2. Why do you think he has been stigmatized as “kitsch” for so many years?
I can’t deny that it took me a long time to accept it, loved it and started wearing it. It is really a very thin moment and you can easily overdo it with the animal print and look like a fashion disaster. Personally, I like to combine very clean outfits in which the animal print appears only as an accent – be it a bag, shoes, belt, or jewelry. I always tell my clients that a lot depends on what occasion you want to use an animal print. When it comes to stage attire, you can experiment with bolder combinations, even combining several animal prints, but when you want to incorporate a leopard into your everyday life, you have to be careful. Choose ethereal fabrics, and the combination with denim is a perfect option for a trendy street style look.
3. Which combination of prints is most successful for a summer urban look?
For summer, I like the combinations of zebra with denim, or an ethereal maxi dress with a scarf for the head, which may have tiger elements, and to finish I would add large jewelry. A long pareo, combined with a spectacular crop top and maxi skirt is also a great option to enjoy the animal prints.
4. How about the combination of animal print with bright colors?
Extremely relevant for the season. Since last year, fashion brands offer summer combinations of animal prints with bright colors. Personally, I like it because it gives freshness, but as I said above, you have to be very careful with the right combinations. I recommend that you include neon-animal prints here as a supplement or accent to your overall look.
Mastery and self-control are mandatory for the modern woman. But there are times when we need to be obscene (without being vulgar, of course), sincere and primal. But if we can’t afford it as behavior, clothes can be our way of expressing ourselves. It is the animal print that is our first helper in feeling “wild” and free. And why not make it stylish?