Clockwise from top left: Yves Saint Laurent Crocodile Catwalk purse; for more information, see www.ysl.com. Chanel Coco’s Crocos handbag, $2,350, available at select Chanel boutiques, (800) 550-0005. Louis Vuitton embossed patent-leather bootie; for more information, see www.louisvuitton.com. Hermès Salome gold cuff, $39,600, available at Hermès stores nationwide, (800) 441-4488.
Animal prints are as reliable an indication of fall as the leaves changing color or the days getting shorter. But designers have taken a different approach to the look this season, one with a little more depth and a lot more subtlety. Instead of the usual print, they’ve elected to emboss exotic skin patterns on unlikely materials such as satin, suede, patent leather, and gold. It’s a refined way to add a bit of texture to what’s shaping up to be an opulent autumn.
Photos: Denko Ivanisevic
The English are renowned for their dislike of looking too “done,” which leads us to one of the summer’s leading London trends: skunk-style highlights. Here, writer and animal enthusiast Porochista Khakpour accessorizes the deliberately down-market look with a high-glamour silk skirt by Rachel Roy and patent leather stilettos from Lanvin. Eat your heart out, Cruella de Vil.—Ana Finel Honigman
Photo: Ana Finel Honigman
You either love ‘em or you hate ‘em, but there’s no denying that high-waist shorts are a key trend. We like that they can freshen up any outfit, as Mischa Barton demonstrates. Although summer clothing is clearing out of stores, we managed to find several great pairs still available. We suggest you keep the leggy look going into fall by pairing shorts with a cropped jacket and tights.
Helmut Lang’s crinkle cotton style, at Barneys.
3.1 Phillip Lim’s paper-bag-waist style in denim, at Net-a-Porter.com.
Topshop’s bleached denim style.
Grey Ant’s carpenter style, at Creatures of Comfort.
Chloé’s flared style, at Browns.