I have always had a major obsession with exotic prints, especially when it comes to fashion. During college, I worked at a zoo where I was lucky enough to have close up encounters with lions, tigers, bears and pretty much every other animal you find at a zoo. I’ve played tug of war with tigers, bottle fed exotic animal babies, and even had the opportunity to assist in a veterinarian visit where I was able to brush a large, male lion’s teeth! That experience was awesome, scary and humbling all at the same time. While my days of working at the zoo are a thing of the past, my interest in all things ‘wild’ will always be deeply rooted. That is exactly why I love the fact that animal print always seems to find it’s way into seasonal trends.
This Fall, the animal print trend is in full swing and adding to the mix of the bold print, is bold texture. This combination of pattern and material is the reason why I am madly in love with the Bromstad for Naturalizer Fall ’14 Collection!
Naturalizer teamed up with David Bromstad to create a line of shoes and accessories that is truly ‘wild’!
“Animal prints are hot and always on trend. But I wanted to approach it in a different way,” Bromstad said. “By using python, snow leopard, cheetah and zebra together in one cohesive piece of artwork, we get an exciting new twist on a timeless trend.”
In collaborating with Bromstad, Naturalizer product designer Angelique Joseph used each of the animal prints in his painting to create a chic and sophisticated collection of shoes, boots, handbags and scarves. “Working with David’s animal print was such a fun process,” Joseph said. “By combining the print with bold colors and on-trend embellishments, we created a collection that is uniquely Bromstad.”
“The fall collection is chic, sophisticated, bold, expressive… and let me just say it’s a whole lot of SEXY. The collection speaks to women of all ages – it’s very universal. In my spring collection for Naturalizer, I created a floral painting that was very happy and summery but for fall, I wanted to do something wildly different.”
Photos from the collection below…