PFW AW16: Dries Van Noten's Wild Accessories

Animal print is rearing its head again

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Leopard print, zebra print, any animal print for that matter, can often fall on the side of gauche.

When Dolce does it we can just about get on board, sometimes Cavalli takes it too far and then once every high street store attempts to emulate safari-themed dressing, without any of the luxe fabrics, we suddenly find ourselves immersed in the tacky and the tasteless.

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Dries Van Noten, during the AW16 Paris Fashion Week season, made a bold accessories statement, bringing animal prints back from the land of obscurity.

Snakeskin and leopard print handbags accompanied large fluffy stoles and thick fur coats. 

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The shoes, in particular, were an interesting focal point during the show. 

Bulbous, block-heeled creations that combined leather, acid-coloured animal prints and with elements of loafers and brogues thrown into the mix made their way down the catwalk.

The accessories, while outlandish, did tie in appropriately with the rest of the collection, though, which was a rich mix of heavy, furry layering and sultry, dark beauty.

 

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