Animal Print Textiles Are Steering Fall 2010

Animal Print Trend
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Yesterday, while thumbing through the WWD Accessories supplement, I was presented with one fabric trend that I was rather surprised to see: Animal Print, with a specific emphasis on leopard.  So I started digging around online and realized it’s kind of all over the place as a trend this season. Where have I been?  I’m thinking maybe I was subconsciously ignoring it as I tend to really (and I mean really) dislike animal prints in fashion….and the home for that matter.  But apparently, I’m one of the few who feel this way.

So I’m writing this post out of pure curiosity.  How many of you out there are embracing this trend?  Whether you’re a textile designer creating animal-inspired CAD, a fashion designer incorporating it into your collection, or a retail space loading up your racks.  Have animal prints been steering your business this season?

Nicole Giordano

Nicole is the founder of StartUp FASHION, an online resource and community supporting for independent designers around the world with building their businesses. A deep love for the craft of fashion paired with an adamant belief that success is defined by the individual, led her to found StartUp FASHION, where she helps independent designers and makers screw the traditional fashion business rules, create their own paths, and build businesses they truly love. More than anything else, she’s in the business of encouragement and works every day to remind makers and designers that they have something special to offer the world and that they can, in fact, do this thing!

1 Comment
  1. Heather Fonseca

    I really like leopard print, but I’m not wild about the other animal prints. I would just love to have a leopard print faux fur coat like the one’s you’ve posted! I’ve also noticed that snakeskin is really hot right now too.

    I haven’t been using animal prints in my designs recently, but I designed a collection this spring using a lot of different animal prints in bright colors. You can see it here:
    I wrote a bit on some of the trends I’m noticing at retail on my blog here:

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