ACCESSORIES REPORT: Queen of the Jungle

For fall 2011, Hermès presented silk scarves and umbrellas, Moschino showed full-length winter coats and Balmain bared more in skinny minis, all in vibrant animals prints. Whether giraffe, leopard, zebra, tiger or snakeskin, a deep-rooted obsession with all things wild has finally taken over fall fashion.

This Fashionista is seeing spots, rocking a faux fur Ichi jacket. Since large fur coats create weight on the top half of the body, this Fashionista balances things out by pairing her bulky outwear with a pair of J Brand skinny jeans. Faux fur in vibrant colors, styles and prints, especially leopard, has become more popular both on and off the runways, turning this formerly tacky look into trendy style.

Mixing new wave trends with classically chic styles, this Fashionista adds sleek simplicity to her ensemble with a Chanel purse. Whether heading to the gym like Dakota Fanning, or preparing for business like Jessica Alba, Chanel’s ageless quilted bag is both universal and timeless. Adding a splash of Parisian sophistication to Washington DC, Chanel’s iconic quilted texture and easily recognizable interlocked C’s make this Fashionista’s purse the perfect accessory.

Kicking her outfit up one more notch, this Fashionista shows off one of fall 2011’s most coveted trends, the over-the-knee boot. While the animal trend has been seen on shoes as well in forms of pony hair and cow hide, this Fashionista opts for a more neutral, suede boot. Seen stomping down the runways of Ohne Titel and Isabel Marant, this Fashionista rocks a more college-friendly budget pair by Jessica Simpson. Stepping into the chilly fall, soon-to-be winter weather, over-the-knee boots can be dressed down with a pair of cigarette jeans, or dressed up with a mini skirt or dress for a bit more glamour and allure. 

Spotted: Models in fall 2011 runway shows such as Rebecca Minkoff, Prabal Gurung and Betsey Johnson took a walk on the wild side, adorned head to toe in fur. Get spotted and channel your inner animal instincts in the shape of hats, bags, vests and even skirts. Whether sporting fall 2011 ready-to-wear or more affordable alternatives like the Kardashian Kollection for Sears, faux fur and animal spots will keep you warm, elegant and looking like a wild child.

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