Sink your teeth into the tribal trends and animal prints this season. Perfect mish mash punkarama antithesis to the grey sea of grown-up tailoring / workwear with big grown-up price tags. Animal and african-inspired prints work for thems thats on a budget, and are a headline grabbing, eye-catching,ballsy way to go for the summer and beyond.
The driving force behind the animal prints trend is the 8os revival tidal wave that’s swept our decade. The 80s was all about having balls, and balls is what u should wear your prints with – for a street look take on the hip-hop influences of the day with bling, hi-tops, leggings, denim and sportswear and of course, anything from black and white to a big pile of all your favourite colours.
But to modernize the 80s look, stick to adding in only one or two colours and block the prints.
For night, bring on the sparkle, the sequins, the faux-leather, faux-fur and shoulder pads. Let the prints stand out as a statement with all black backing-palate, or keeping the colours dark and regal with teals and purples.
But the 80s preoccupation with aimal prints was also linked into the fascination with wealth of the era. This, in reality, is timeless, and at Dior, animal prints are given a fifties regal makeover.
Alternatively, go for the 70s-inspired edge, teaming your prints with safari beige and khaki and burnt orange tones. Think jumpsuits and hot-pants, long flowing locks and gold jewellery for a more sophisticated, laid-back animal look.