Python, zebra, cheetah, croc and more animal prints roamed free and wild across the catwalk shows this season. Victoria Beckham showed devotion to leopard print, Isabel Marant backed snake pattern trousers, while Tom Ford couldn’t decide and spliced together as many patterns as he could in a single look.
Leopard print is undoubtedly the season’s first runaway trend, but once you’re sick of seeing it everywhere, try something snakier for size. As well as the obvious animal lovers, unlikely handlers like Emilia Wickstead have coaxed it into some extremely pretty dresses. Gucci, as you’d expect, took the trend literally; models carried plastic king snakes (and baby dragons) as accessories.
The new neons
Miuccia Prada is bringing back neon. But not garish, Niceday highlighter neon. The new hues are fruitier, with watermelon, lemon and lime making for a delicious palette. Best worn as a stand-out pop of colour amongst a navy, black, grey or beige outfit.
Natty cardigans have come in from the cold. Grandad knits with elaborate intarsias and teddy textures were spotted at Miu Miu, Roksanda and Erdem. Wear brightly coloured ones with oversized proportions for day, or try pulling one off the shoulder and belting it around the waist, over an evening dress.
Brown is the new black
From tan to sludge, all you need to do is find the right hue for you, or go tonal in a top-to-toe effect. Natacha Ramsay-Levi at Chloe showed us how to do it right; mix a glossy chocolate leather coat with a peanut satin shirt, and tweed trousers.
Super-sized sparkle
The jumbo sequin is here and ready to meet all your party needs. Preen’s looks were encrusted with pearls and giant paillettes, Balmain’s models were positively iridescent. Julien Dossena at Paco Rabanne wins best in show; his silver chainmail dresses were meshed with pixel-style sequins so big that they would look beautifully blurry as you twirl in them on the dance floor.
The ankle-grazing midi skirt
A hero item to buy this season; a midi skirt that falls a little longer than those you already own. The spot you want the hem to hit is just above the ankle, as championed by Maria Grazia Chiuri at Christian Dior.
Fringe benefits
The other skirt style to add to shopping list is one that’s slashed to ribbons. The great swooshing noise made as models walked by at Givenchy, Proenza Schouler and Dolce and Gabbana was strangely soothing, if a little impractical as daywear. —Source: Telegraph

Animal magic