From quirky to chic, animal-inspired motifs are gracing the clothes of designers from Gucci to Valentino. Less expensive versions are sure to arrive on a high-street near you pretty soon. In the meantime, check out these designer favourites.
While designing at Chloe, Stella McCartney became famous for her equestrian motifs. For AW, she’s returned to her roots, introducing exquisite, painterly-like images of horses onto sweaters and tops. This beautiful piece will never date.
Running horse print top, Stella McCartney, €685 at farfetch
Everything about Gucci is statement-making at the moment, but this Lion sweater has real punch. The motif is framed against a figurative explosion for added wow factor. Worn over black skinny jeans, this piece will look fantastic.
Cotton jersey sweatshirt, Gucci, €890 at net-a-porter.com
The price may be obscene, but this mirror-effect panther motif jacket is fabulous. I’m mot sure it’s worth the price of a deposit on an apartment though…
Panther-motif wool-blend bomber jacket, Valentino, €4,980 at matchesfashion.com
A more subtle take on the trend is offered by this DSquared2 sweater. The cute wildlife animals appear more as sketches or illustrations. With it’s slightly cropped style, it would look great paired with high-waisted trousers or a pleated skirt.
Animal-print sweatshirt, DSquared2, €338 at farfetch.com