Monday, September 26, 2011
Deco Features: Animal Print Skin
Fall's hottest fashions are a PETA lovers nightmare. Skin is in and I don't mean the kind you see on South Beach. This trend isn't a croc it's just made of it. Don't worry, no animals were harmed in the making of this style files.
It was one of the hottest looks at Fashion Week this year, animal print skin is in for Michael Kors. The fashion designer's new collection was inspired from nature and in some cases the zoo.
You didn't need a front row seat at Fashion Week to see this skintastic trend our fashion dreams came true at the Dream Hotel on SoBe. We caught up with a designer who is heads and tails above the rest when it comes to skin.
RACHEL APPEL: "I think exotics make everything they add value and luxury you feel good wearing them."
RK is a local accessory company and the designs have some serious bite.
RACHEL APPEL: "We do handbags, belts, croc, belts, cuffs snake wraps, harnesses, cross body bag, That's actully a nile crocodile and we order them in in huge quantities.
Don't get your feathers ruffled, RK's skins are exotic but not endangered
RACHEL APPEL: "I think fall always has skins in it to be honest with you and skins never go out."
From clutches with studs and finger holes to belts and bags with straps that go from the top of a croc's head to it's tail.
RACHEL APPEL: "I think they are very durable. you buy a crocodile bag--its an investment."
Because the skins are real every piece is unique and different. At C Madeleine's in North Miami Beach, whats old is new again when it comes to skin at this vintage store you can take a walk on the wild side.
MADELEINE KIRSH: "What we are showing now is alligator, snake skin, ostrich, - we're showing all sorts of it."
From an ostrich Dior jacket to a ferragamo snake skin one or kick it up Dior black boots. Ust remember showing too much skin isn't a good thing.
MADELEINE KIRSH: "What you do is you take an accessory, just to give it that little edge."
If you would rather fake it get spotted in a Betsy Johnson leopard print top or see stripes with valentino tiger.
MADELEINE KIRSH: "Some people have a problem wearing the authentic which is why we go into wearing the faux skins-theyre making them look so great"
Real or fake skin is sure to help exude your animal magnetism.
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