Trend Alert: Its a Jungle Out There!


We apologize for being MIA for the last two weeks as we were away on vacation experiencing the joys of the Orient! While everyone was attending the bridal fashion event of the year (much to our envy), we had the great opportunity of attending Roberto Cavalli’s Fall 2012 Collection Fashion Show in Hong Kong which was quite incredible! There is absolutely no comparison between watching the actual movements of the fabric on the ramp and viewing the stills later on. It reveals so much more about the refinement of the silhouette and masterful tailoring technique. When it comes to animal print no one does it better than Cavalli. His authentic jungle prints are insanely realistic and the tiered ruffles that he added to the dresses had the immediate impact of a jungle cat gliding down the stage!

Cavalli Fashion Show at Pacific Place Hong Kong

Cavalli has remained loyal to his signature pattern; the leopard over the years and the fashion house shows no signs of changing its spots yet (excuse the pun). From pythons to crocs and tigers, if it is a life threatening beast it is an inspiration. Although we were never animal print over enthusiasts, it is shaping up to be our current obsession lately and suitably so with the onset of Autumn/Winter. Maybe it was Cavalli or the live tigers and leopards we saw. Our search for the most exotic and bold patterns led us to the creations of our very own Shehla Chatoor, Maheen Karim, and Layla Chatoor.

Models wear Maheen Karim at Issey Miyake Launch

Maheen recently designed exclusive animal and snake skin print dresses for the models at the Issey Miyake perfume launch organized by Catalyst Catwalk. The stunning floor length gowns were draped in signature Maheen Karim style with fluid structures and minimal detailing that let the prints do most of the talking. A specialist of western couture, Maheen has an innate understanding of using shape and cut to highlight a print.

Models posing for Issey Miyake in Maheen Karim

Shehla Chatoor’s luxe silk, animal print asymmetrical cocktail dresses shot in Niche Lifestyle Magazine are absolutely thrilling. We love the leopard and tiger blended print at her FPW’11 collection. She effortlessly manages to infuse an uber rich and luxurious appeal with her signature gold touches that further adds to the exoticism of the design.

Shehla Chatoor for FPW2011

Mehreen for Shehla Chatoor in Niche Lifestyle Magazine

Layla Chatoor showcased her alluring version of the jungle theme at the launch of PFDC Boulevard in New Delhi. Her gentle and naturally flowing silhouette added a feminine touch to the daring prints. She certainly knows how to work the curves. The elemental rawness of jungle prints never gets old and that is probably why this trend has stood the ultimate test of time. It appeals to our most primal senses and if you notice you will always look twice at someone dressed in it.

Layla Chatoor shows at PFDC Boulevard Launch in New Delhi

Layla Chatoor Shoot

Aside from apparel, we adore touches of animal fury in accessories as well. While we’re in no way endorsing the use of authentic animal skin we do love the engineered textures on handbags and belts. Add a bit of the wildlife to your look this Autumn! Key tips would be to avoid detailing the fabric with excessive embellishments, the beauty lies in the print and the focus should be on an edgy cut to pull it off. Not to mention, matching your leopard print ensemble to your handbag would be a disaster of catastrophic proportions!


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