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Cat got your tongue? Make everybody speechless when you put on these leopard-print Sam Edelman ‘Kit’ boots.

Observe what happens when snake print and leopard print go to Technicolor battle on this wild platform pump. There’s just no taming such ferocious beauty.

November 3, 2011

Call of the Wild

You already know that fall is full of exotic animal prints, from leopard to python and everything in between. For a quirky-cool twist on the fauna-inspired trend, we suggest trying graphic animal prints—nudging the trend just a little further without venturing into “cat sweater” territory.

Take animal print to new graphic heights with a panther-print dress, handbag or scarf from MARC BY MARC JACOBS. The repeating rows of skulking cats—or the friendlier felines sauntering across a Lanvin Cat & Logo Silk Dress—are an eye-catching departure from the usual stripes, florals or polka dots.

For a more subtle approach, try this Helmut Lang top—the single, extended wing is ethereal and modern, a fitting accompaniment to Lang’s minimalist style.

We’re also loving the horses galloping across scarves from Hinge and Trouvé, and at the top of the fashion food chain is a wolf-print cardigan from 3.1 Phillip Lim. The semi-snarling print on the front of this cashmere-blend cropped cardi is a sure-fire conversation starter.

Pictured:
MARC BY MARC JACOBS ‘Panthera’ Knit Dress
Lanvin Cat & Logo Print Washed Silk Dress
Helmut Lang Falcon Print Silk Top
Hinge ‘Horses’ Eternity Scarf

Give your closet a promotion this fall. Incorporate one or all of our favorite office-ready trends into your 9-to-5 looks for effortless style that works as hard as you do.

1 – Heritage Jackets. With twists on classic wool and tweed fabrications—like piping, contrasting details and elbow patches—these riding-inspired jackets have unbridled versatility. [Pictured: Trina Turk 'Ivy League' Jacket]

2 – Bow Blouses. Suits, trousers, skirts, flared denim or lean leggings—these feminine tops tie anything up in a pretty little package. [Pictured: Bellatrix Tie Front Blouse]

3 – Midi-Length Hemlines. This newest length is all about balance. Complement it with chunky footwear and a fitted jacket up top—pleats add a touch of retro-elegance. [Pictured: Trouvé Pleated Ballet Skirt]

4 – Brightly Colored Skirts and Separates. Bring an unexpected pop of color into the fold with your office-appropriate neutrals. [Pictured: Halogen® Seamed Pencil Skirt]

5 – Color-Blocking DIY Separates or Done for You. Simple silhouettes and lines paired with two or more saturated, contrasting colors take that pop up a notch to something that’s bold and beautiful. [Pictured: Pour la Victoire 'Marlow - Large' Tote]

6 – Capes & Ponchos. For a jacket with super powers, reach for a cape or poncho. They’re functional, fresh-looking and couldn’t be easier. [Pictured: Helene Berman Leather Trim Cape]

7 – Animal Prints. They’re showing up on everything this fall. Incorporate a little or a lot in your tops, bottoms and accessories—or with the season’s hot stacked heel—to show everyone you’re not afraid to walk on the wild side. [Pictured: Sam Edelman 'Lyla' Pump]

September 20, 2011

NYFW Wrap-Up 2: The Shoes!

Apart from all the excitement of the runway shows, there’s one other thing that gets our hearts racing at Fashion Week: the shoes! Crystal, our NYFW style spotter, kept an eye to the ground for all of us shoe addicts out there and reported back on the nine showstopping trends that she saw all over NYC streets.

1 – Animal Print. Not just for shoes—this is showing up on everything—but a great animal-print pump reigns king of the closet in our book.

2 – Blocked Heels. Chunky. A little retro. Perfectly grounded. Call it what you like, this heel is perfect for balancing cuffed jeans and a chunky knit sweater. Or skew a little ’70s with wide-leg pants or a midi-length dress.

3 – Casual Lace-ups. There’s just something about leather and laces that adds a hiking or Victorian vibe to boots or a little flirty flare to oxford pumps and platform booties.

4 – Pointed Toes. The perfect way to add a subtle note of drama and elevate a more minimal look.

5 – Ladylike Loafers. Pair these with cropped pants or longer-length dresses and midcalf socks, for example.

6 – Menswear Inspired. Details like tassels, kiltie fringe and brogueing add a witty touch to a feminine silhouette.

7 – Snake Prints. The animal kingdom takes another bite out of fall trends—seen everywhere, but especially on shoes and handbags.

8 – Wedges. We’re loving these in ankle- and knee-high boots—looking gorgeous in suede and animal prints, too.

9 – Color Blocking. Either a bold color or mix of colors in the shoe, a controlled clash remains hot through the season.

Sydne’s back! And, once again, she’s working the up-to-the-minute trends. Her bright-orange pencil skirt perfectly complements her sheer animal-print blouse, and I love her skinny leopard belt.

Sydne says that color is an important element to her style—especially during the gloomy winter months. Of course, we had to have another photo shoot for her blog before parting!

xo, Crystal

Shop similar styles:

Sheer Tops | Skinny Belts | Colorful Skirts

Our Editor’s Picks to recreate this look:

Haute Hippie Leopard Print Chiffon Blouse

MICHAEL Michael Kors Reversible Leather Belt

Halogen® Seamed Pencil Skirt