Wednesday 26 April 2017

Darren Kennedy: Into the wild - animal prints roar back into fashion

Autumn’s Most Powerful Print

Beyoncé in custom-made Tom Ford crystal embroidered snakeskin print body suit and boots with a leopard print coat
Beyoncé in custom-made Tom Ford crystal embroidered snakeskin print body suit and boots with a leopard print coat
Clontarf Castle

Darren Kennedy

From leopard to zebra, animal prints make a roaring return.

When Beyoncé steps out on stage during her world tour wearing head-to-toe animal print — in the form of a custom-made Tom Ford crystal embroidered snakeskin print body suit and boots, with a leopard print coat — you know there’s a trend in the air. Queen Bey follows in the stylish footsteps of many a starlet including Jean Harlow (who daringly wore leopard print in the 1930s), Elizabeth Taylor, Catherine Deneuve, and present day style icons Kate Moss and Michelle Obama.

Call it the circle of life as, once again, designers turned to an array of wild animal prints — principally leopard, jaguar and zebra — and reworked them into chic, wearable pieces for autumn/winter 2016. Leopard print has that unique sartorial quality of being able to make the laziest outfit seem intentional, so it’s small wonder that lots of fashion houses, from Prada to Givenchy, are using it this season.

Fashionable travel

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Looking for a loved up getaway? Well, you need look no further than the wonderful Clontarf Castle in Dublin, where the richness of the old enriches the new, making it the ideal setting for romance. Whisk your loved one away to the 12th-century castle, where history and tradition blend with all of the luxuries of the 21st century (and there’s beds you’ll never want to get out of). The hotel’s Romantic Rendezvous package includes an overnight stay with chilled champagne, handmade chocolates and rose petals in your room on arrival. Enjoy a candlelight dinner in the double rosette-wining Fahrenheit Restaurant. After dinner, unwind by the open fireplaces of Knights Bar with a night cap and enjoy an artisan castle breakfast the following morning. Prices start from €289 per room based on two adults sharing. Visit clontarfcastle.ie for more information.

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Hailee Steinfeld, above,  is perfection in this Balmain rainbow minidress. One of her strongest looks to date, Hailee turned heads in the bright, long-sleeved mini with ice blue nails and gold strappy sandals. Top marks!

Top tip

If you need pointers on how to wear animal print, then simply do an online image search for ‘Kate Moss’. The supermodel makes a strong case for leopard print to be considered a new neutral. Not only does it go with every colour, but it also adds excitement to a look.

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