- Snake, cow and leopard prints have long been fashion favourites, now we can add giraffe and zebra to the list.
- The monochromatic motifs have penetrated pop culture as seen on Beyoncé's Black is King.
- This is where you can shop this growing animal print trend.
Anyone living on planet Earth has probably noticed the incremental love affair fashion has with animal prints. We know of the ubiquitous leopard print, the increasingly popular cow print, as well as snake prints, which we can agree, is a trend that we have sucked bone dry at this point.
In a fresh take on this animal print trend, fashion lovers are embracing the giraffe and zebra print.
These are by no means new attempts at incorporating the animal kingdom in daily street style. As far back as ten years ago, I remember my mother sporting a zebra print tote. At a different time, these two prints might have been seen as daring, quirky or even fashion-forward. But this time, the footprint nature has on fashion trends is growing.
While the fashion industry is the prime offender to the wellness of the environment and wildlife through its use of exotic skins, there are plenty of ways to enjoy this trend through prints rather than animal skin.
The monochromatic motif has featured in the greatest pop culture moments of this year, seen on Megan Thee Stallion sporting white tiger print on the WAP music video. There’s no bigger statement that can be made, this is the print to reincorporate into your wardrobe.
On the other hand, the gradual love of the giraffe print has trend status. Designers such as Bottega Veneta, Giuseppe Zanotti, Valentino and Roberto Cavalli have explored this print. Even Serena Williams’ recent collection for her fashion brand Serena also feature the giraffe and Zebra prints.
The giraffe print has increasingly been seen on the street style looks in the pre-pandemic fashion weeks:
A black and white giraffe pattern spotted on three guests outside the Valentino show during Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020 in Paris.
Sara Battaglia is seen outside MSGM during Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018/19 in Milan, Italy.
Also loving black and white are the zebra print converts on the fashion streets:
Gabriella Karefa-Johnson wears a green floral print coat with a black and white zebra print mini skirt with white boots during Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020-2021.
A guest is seen wearing an animal print ensemble during Milan Fashion Week in Milan February 2020.
A guest is seen wearing pants with zebra print brown trench coat outside Erdem during London Fashion Week February 2020.
Want to make this trend your own? Here’s where you can shop printed styles:
Print Linen Button Maxi Dress, R799.20 from Woolworths
Sana Jumper, R599 from Poetry
Mask, R76.14 from Dr Pachanga
Printed off-shoulder dress, R1099 from Mango
Animal print jogger waist trousers, R699 from Zara
Animal print jumpsuit with open back, R799 from Superbalist
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