Animalier style is coming back
Get ready to make room in your wardrobe! The pre-fall shows had warned us: the animalier style is a must have for the autumn-winter of 2019. Brindle, python, spotted, zebra, the animalier goes crazy and drives off, conquering influencers and designers. Scratchy, gritty, sexy but sometimes romantic, is the ideal trend to wear, to face the city jungle with grit and energy.
But let's take a step back and talk about the history of this style, cheeky and irreverent, that from 1947 periodically returns on the catwalk, dusted off and revisited by the designers who love it and appreciate its great versatility.
The skin of an animal that in prehistoric age was used by the first men to protect themselves from the cold, in the last century, clothes with animal prints, were worn by the provocative Ava Gardner and the pin-up Bettie Page: this style was then associated with sexy women, rebellious and bold, with an obvious vernacular connotation.
But the brilliant Christian Dior proposed in the '50s a more chic version with coats in leopard print: the woman who wore a garment with a spotted print became more seductive, refined, elegant, decreeing the definitive success of the spotted style. This last was adopted by all the Hollywood stars like Rita Hayworth, Bette Davis and of course by the great and fascinating Elisabeth Taylor and Marylin Monroe and became the symbol of the sensual and seductive woman.
All Italian stars naturally began to follow this style, from the great Sofia Loren to Monica Vitti, Gina Lollobrigida, Elsa Martinelli.
On the glossy covers of magazines came from the United States the photos of actresses from overseas that were portrayed even in fascinating close-ups like Jayne Mansfield, Gene Tierney and the beautiful Ella Raines.
The animal style, which has become a status symbol of luxury and prestige, also conquered women at the "top" like Queen Elizabeth II, the first Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and an icon of extraordinary class and beauty, Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco.