Style Snapshot: Animal Print Style Snapshot: Animal Print
by Jamie Smedley, Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Style Snapshot: Animal Print Whether you love it or hate it, animal print continues to prowl the runways. After more than five decades, this recurrent favorite is proving as popular as ever!

Fashion's love affair with the exotic tones and markings of animals began in the late 1950s when the world went wild for the youthful and sexy trend of leopard spots on heeled shoes, belts and handbags sported by Hollywood heartthrobs Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Lana Turner. Resurfacing in strength during the 1980s and 1990s with a hip new volley of accessories and clothing seen on bombshells such as Madonna and the Spice Girls, the world scrambled to don the demanded zebra and tiger prints mixed with neon bright colors!

The fashion attraction for animal print and color is based on both pattern and energy. The amazing optics of zebra print, for instance, energetically transforms into a pattern with enduring appeal and glamour. More and more often, there are little glimpses of zebra or leopard patterns that peek out of a well-designed handbag or from the insole of a designer shoe, which grabs the attention with animalistic allure.

Internationally acclaimed clothing and accessory designers Betsey Johnson, Roberto Cavalli and Prada are known to be supportive of the animal print waves over the years and have consistently included it in their palette.

2011 ushers in a more refined translation of animal print, keeping with an upscale vintage appeal that relies on a look that has a more classic fashion sense that remains spot on. Find everything from fantastic gemstone and animal-printed crystal to acrylic and resin beads and components and translate the warmth and excitement of this trend into your jewelry lines and accessories.
Style Snapshot: Animal Print

Stuart and Chris Freedman

Chris shows the elegant, yet playful style of animal print beads in Design Idea 911D.

Animal Print materials to design with:

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