Trend Alert: Animal Prints Make a Comeback

Animal prints might have been yesterday’s overdone and not so suitable look – by times even associated to the lower and higher edges of socio-economic spectrums – but they are making a fun and youthful return. Refigured and reinserted as a way to visually break the consistency of an outfit or to add an attention-grabbing element to bold looks, the iconic print is being appropriated by a wide range of designers. Well into NYFW, this statement trend is likely to be picked up by women of all ages and backgrounds.

VICTORIA BECKHAM FW18 show in New York. Photo by Guillaume Roujas for NOWFASHION.

As Victoria Beckham celebrated ten years in the business, guests were treated to collection pieces that were in line with her refined design and construction. Among various multi-layered and richly textured looks, a leopard-spotted coat took center stage, adding a touch of luxe to the overall collection (and proving that its visual impact had never diminished if properly worn).

TOM FORD FW18 show in New York. Photo by Guillaume Roujas for NOWFASHION.

Tom Ford was among the first highly anticipated designers to show, orchestrating a unique and loud visual ode to the 80s. Naturally, a major part of the palette he played with included animal prints in various shapes, sizes, and colors, ranging from classic bi-chrome zebra stripes to blood orange cheetah spots.     

DIANE VON FURSTENBERG FW18 show in New York. Photo: Courtesy of the PR.

Delivered in the form of a striking bright yellow leopard dress, it could be said Diane Von Furstenberg was the first one to put the iconic pattern back on the 2018 map. The dress, a memorable look from her Fall runway, had already surfaced earlier this month in their lookbook images and worn by family heir, Talita von Furstenberg, Diane von Furstenberg's old granddaughter.

AREA FW18 show in New York. Photo by Guillaume Roujas for NOWFASHION.

Piotrek Panszczyk and Beckett Fogg, the duo behind Area, have been steadily evolving since their inception in 2015, both in terms of their design and (maybe as a consequence) retail presence. Their progression continued this season as they explored a push and pull between feminine and masculine, and used astounding mashups of techniques and fabrics. The inclusion of vintage animal prints in some of their pieces brought an unexpected touch of youthful luxury.

ADAM SELMAN FW18 show in New York. Photo by Gio Staiano for NOWFASHION.

Adam Selman, more known for exploring the possibilities of denim, found inspiration in books of artist Cheyco Leidmann. This seems to have taken him down an edgier  path this season. As part of the graphics he referenced or simply borrowed from the artist, there was a striking black slip-dress (with the image of a glossy red manicured hand squeezing green slime) that became a defining moment as it was layered over a zebra print top.

R13 FW18 show in New York. Photo by Regis Colin Berthelier for NOWFASHION.

To remind us of how majestic and imperial the great outdoors is, R13's Chris Leba took bold graphics and ran with it – think looks printed with macro images of branches and eagles. This came to a stop with a range of bright animal print pieces, epitomized by a two-piece electric orange leopard pattern that included a cap to match.     


See the full VICTORIA BECKHAM Ready to Wear FW18 collection here.

See the full TOM FORD Ready to Wear FW18 collection here.

See the full DIANE VON FURSTENBERG Ready to Wear FW18 collection here.

See the full AREA Ready to Wear FW18 collection here.

See the full ADAM SELMAN Ready to Wear FW18 collection here.

​See the full R13 Ready to Wear FW18 collection here.