Who likes animal prints?

Animal prints have been around for a very long time and  are still a fashion trend.  The “animalier” look, as the French say, is actually a classic  in fashion. Used as an exotic touch, animal prints can add sophistication and interest to any outfit. Zebra, cheetah, leopard and similar patterns are clearly very eye-catching, hence the best way to wear them will be in small doses, just like an accent to a monochromatic or neutral outfit. The trick here is to keep it simple and never over do it, unless your name is Roberto Cavalli, but then is a totally different story. Roberto Cavalli is the master of animal prints.  Most of his collections are dominated by these bold, graphic motives, printed on light and precious fabrics, like silk.  The overall effect never fails to be very chic and stylish, as you can tell by these photos from Cavalli’s Spring Summer lookbook:




I love animal print in accessories, especially bags.





There is a psychology behind loving or hating animal prints. Because wild animal motives are very suggestive, there is always a risk of looking too seductive when wearing them, and/or too overpowering.  At the same time there is also a fun side in animal prints, just think about all the fancy dress costumes that they can inspire, which is another reason why some people are not so keen on wild animal patterns. While this style is considered “a bit too much” by most people and can be a “fashion taboo” for a few of us, it’s perfect if you have a strong personality and can handle being a bit daring with your outfits!


(Michael Kors Spring Summer 2012)





(Salvatore Ferragamo Spring-Summer 2012)

Getting over my bag…

I am pretty sure that the guy who stole my bag on Sunday while I was enjoying the most relaxing day ever, is now having a good time with a)my money b)my mobile phone 3)my digital camera.  And, of course, he has probably offered his girlfriend my beautiful, essential, little Prada bag  AND Prada wallet, very precious to me as it contained many bits and pieces of my life, like loved passport sizes pictures, my very private notes, various little lucky charms that I normally like to bring along , and so on.

I don’t own all this any more, it’s really bad, and I have been furious for a while, but, hey, I am trying to get over it now, what else to do?

So, when it comes to bags, I have one believe, which is: Prada comes first, Gucci second, and everyone else follows from a distance. I know, it must be because I am italian!

I have heard a theory according to which your bag should be proportioned to your hight, as in a ‘petite’ looks better with a small bag like a clutch, while tall ladies should prefer larger bags like totes. Well, it makes sense to me, but only if you are really petite or, the other way round, very, very tall. For everything else in between I don’t think there is a rule, really….

 As for me, generally I like to wear larger bags during the summer, and smaller bags during the winter, when there are already so many layers on me, so to balance the total look. 

Printed bags are really in fashion now,  as you can tell by this selection of bags that  I would just  buy, right on the spot.prada,clutch

Ciao ciao xxx