Friday, March 3, 2006

Animal Prints

THE ROAR OF ANIMAL PRINTS: A Leopard can't change its spots, but a shopper can.

by Ki Hackney

A couple of weeks ago I went to an Octoberfest celebration on the bay in Amagansett, and the chilly evening brought out a parade of new fall fashions that were as crisp as the air. Leading the pack were animal prints, from a trim leopard-patterned coat over a white shirt and black pants to a tiger evening clutch to shoes including sling-backs and high-heeled wedges.
1. It looks like leopard, but this lipi cat coat is $19,200 at Chie Imai (635 Madison Avenue @59th, 212-588-0555).

2. Leopard bustier, $325, by Dolce & Gabbana at Bergdorf Goodman (745 Fifth Avenue @ 58th, 212-754-7300 or

3. Long, leopard printed wool jacket by Valentino Red, $1,075 at Bergdorf Goodman (

4. Leopard print satin dress by Dolce & Gabbana, $1995, at Bergdorf Goodman (

Above, left: A vintage photo of Steven Stolman’s mentor, the late Pauline Trigere, looking as glamorous as she always was, in her leopard coat. Photo from Stolman’s private collection.

Above, right: Steven Stolman’s latest leopard print, a pleated skirt, sizes 0-14, $245 in his stores in Southampton, NY (83 Main Street, 631-283-8602) and Palm Beach (311 Worth Avenue, 561-655-9820).

1. Leopard-printed wool coat, $3,150, at Prada (841 Madison Avenue, 212-327-4200; 724 Fifth Avenue, 212-664-0010; and 575 Broadway, 212-334-8888) stores.
2. Josie Natori animal print chemise, $175, from .
3. Roberto Cavalli Leopard-Print Jeans $575, from
4. Dolce & Gabbana Leopard-Print Corduroy Jacket, $1,995, from

A short sprint around the UES the other day produced a horde of animals including coats at Prada, a handy little collapsible stool at Nina Griscom (at 70th and Lex) ... and more shoes at Christian Louboutin, French Sole (where all the leopards were lounging in the windows for their afternoon siesta), Stubbs & Wootton, and the new Carrano shop to name a few.

Lambertson Truex Leopard-Print Riding Boot: $645, from
Leopard and zebra suede ballerinas, $225 per pair, from French Sole (985 Lexington Avenue, 212-737-2859).
Dolce & Gabbana Leopard-Print Slingback. $595, from
Ballerina shoes, in a giraffe pattern, $250, from Betta Carrano (1322 Third Avenue, 212-452-0542).
My well aged and cherished YSL leopard mules.
Cashew leopard sport suede slip-ons with shearling lining, $155, from Stuart Weitzman (650 Madison Avenue, 212-750-2555).
Christian Louboutin Wing-Tip Leopard-Print Wedge, $725, from
Cognac leopard hair calf Expump, $310, from Stuart Weitzman (650 Madison Avenue, 212-750-2555).
Animal patterned ballerina flats, $250 a pair, from Betta Carrano (1322 Third Avenue, 212-452-0542).

L. to r.: Orange zebra rug (one of many colors and patterns made in Brazil), $549, from ABC Carpet & Home (888 Broadway, 212-473-3000); Wool zebra rug, made in Nepal; Sale $1199-$10,999, from ABC Carpet & Home (888 Broadway, 212-473-3000).

Left: My own Hermès scarf. A newer version can be found as a pocket square on the Hermès website (

Right: Leopard interpreted in flowers for NYSD by Magnolia Flowers & Events (436 Hudson Street, 212-243-7302).

The message is everywhere: that same night the audience at The Last King of Scotland produced even more shoes, handbags and a leopard-printed chiffon blouse. We just had to write about it and decided to use this super-trend to launch our new NYSD Shopping Diary. It’s something we’ve been thinking about for a long time. We’ll pick a new theme each week (once we’ve organized the input and technology this column needs), from pearls to apothecary lamps.

Zebra pillow, $225, is sold out but can be special ordered from Gracious Home (1220 Third Avenue, 212-517-6300).
Zebra ottoman, $2,295, from Gracious Home (1220 Third Avenue, 212-517-6300).
Left: A zebra Duke’s Host Chair from Ralph Lauren Home (867 Madison Avenue, 212-606-2100 or
Right: Zebra-striped ceramic umbrella stand, $48, from Gracious Home (1220 Third Avenue, 212-517-6300).

Today, animal prints are not only fashionable, they are ageless. Talbots has a zebra skirt for the littlest angels, as well as a slightly different version for Misses and Women’s sizes. Last night, we spotted a petite, blonde 89-year-old arriving for dinner with friends, in her size 6 skirt with stilettos, a blouse, and triple-strand pearls enhanced with an oversized pin; all wrapped with a delicate, ruffled leopard chiffon muffler.

My own, used-and-abused Yves St. Laurent zebra handbag with bone handle.
Bow-tied, leopard-printed hair calf handbag from Valentino, $1,790, from Bergdorf Goodman (745 Fifth Avenue @ 58th, 212-754-7300).
Field zebra-printed linen shoulder bag by Lambertson Truex, $995, from Bergdorf Goodman (745 Fifth Avenue @ 58th, 212-754-7300).
Right: My own leopard-printed, quilted fabric handbag, $85, from J. Crew (Fall ’06, 46 Main Street, East Hampton, NY, 631-324-5034 and they have others at
Left: Louis Vuitton’s new monogram leopard Frame bag, $3,500, from Louis Vuitton Fifth Avenue (1 East 57th Street, 212-758-8877) and Louis Vuitton Soho (116 Greene Street, 212-274-9090).

The one thing that I kept an eye out for was animals for men. There are certainly fewer, but we found some great ones.

Prada has a fitted leopard-patterned coat for guys (pictured right, $5,900, at Prada, 841 Madison Avenue, 212-327-4200; Fifth Avenue, 724 Fifth Avenue, 212-664-0010; Soho, 575 Broadway, 212-334-8888 stores), and, although Ralph Lauren doesn’t have a spotted tie for his gentlemen, he has two, a great zebra and leather wing chair, and we loved the zebra Duke’s Host chair.

Let’s let the pictures tell the tale in this brief round up of some of the best of New York’s wild beasts.

And, as you will see, even my endodontist tops his green cotton scrubs with a black-and-white, calf-printed surgical cap. Yep, the animals are a-roaring!

Left: Diamond, black enamel and gold zebra brooch, $21,000, from Verdura (745 Fifth Avenue, 212-758-3388).

Lynn Chase’s Jaguar Jungle dinnerware. Top row (l. to r.): Running/Fern Charger, $90; Standard Charter, $110. Second Row: Rim soup plate, $55; Dinner plate, $70; Salad/Dessert Plate, $50. Bottom Row: Cup, $46.50; Saucer, $23.50; Bread and Butter Plate, $35. From Scully & Scully (504 Park Avenue @ 59th, 212-755-2590).
Dolce & Gabbana oversized aviator sunglasses, $250, from
A black-and-white, calf-printed surgical cap worn by Dr. Edward K. Swain, Jr., from