When I was at university I had a huge leopard print throw pillow in a my room, which I would rather apologetically refer to as the "kitsch element" whenever anyone laughed when they first saw it (in hindsight I suppose I ran with a particularly traditional crowd). What none of us realized back then is that leopard (or any animal print, for that matter) is actually a big sartorial DO and I was actually totally on trend! Look at Elsa Schiaparelli, Diana Vreeland and Anna Wintour - all terribly chic ladies with undeniable fashion cred who have sported a variety of animal prints, with not a hint of vulgarity.
In the home, I still think the zebra rug is a great way to shake up a safe space (and yes, I have one too). And looking at the images below, I think the implementation of animal prints as wallpaper or carpeting can be used to great effect. It's a little tough to draw the line at where chic turns to cringe-worthy, but sticking to just one piece in a print - even something vast like carpeting - is usually a good rule of thumb. Especially if you try to keep the rest neutral or low-key. In the end, though, it's like everything else in life: whatever makes you happiest!
|Alberta Ferretti Cruise Collection 2014|
|Carlo Mollino in Vogue Living Australia|
|Roberto Cavalli RTW Spring-Summer 2013|
|Roberto Cavalli's home|
|Diane von Furstenburg Cruise Collection 2014|