Introducing zebra – the cool new statement print to love this season

Words Joy Montgomery

From Kat Slater to Kate Moss, animal print is the sartorial marmite of the fashion industry that continues to divide the good taste brigade season after season. No matter how many times it stalks its way back onto the catwalk, the fact is you either worship at the feet of its furry goodness, or you don’t.

However, for AW16 there is a fresh addition to the usual zoological line-up, and we think it might just bridge the gap between animal print converts and agnostics.

Despite making a fleeting appearance in Balmain’s AW14 campaign, zebra print has been previously overshadowed by its louder and better-known cousins: snakeskin, tiger and leopard print. Recently spotted on the catwalks of everyone from Marc Cain and Topshop Unique, to Adam Lippes and Marc Jacobs, however, it’s clear that this print is now set to become leader of the (fashion) pack.

Unlike leopard print, zebra’s black and white simplicity means that it can slip right into your capsule wardrobe. It will exude magazine editor-inspired chic when paired with an all black ensemble, à la Pandora Sykes, or offer a fashion-forward frame to a colour pop knit when printed on a clean-lined coat.

Bold yet classically monochromatic, playful yet paired-back, just call zebra print the film noir star of the animal kingdom.

MARC JACOBS

Zebra-print stretch-jersey dress, £1,245; net-a-porter.com

WHISTLES

Baxter zebra-print leather camera bag, £75; whistles.com

JUNYA WATANABE

Zebra-print cotton-jersey T-shirt, £101.25; theoutnet.com

TOPSHOP UNIQUE

Printed silk-jacquard dress, £225; net-a-porter.com

GUCCI

Two-tone fringed leather pumps, £610; net-a-porter.com

STELLA MCCARTNEY

Zebra Jacquard Jumper, £670; stellamccartney.com

TOPSHOP

KARATE Ballerina Shoes, £25; topshop.com

ROCKINS

Zebra-print super-skinny silk scarf, £51; matchesfashion.com

ELENA GHISELLINI 

Zebra print shoulder bag, £472; farfetch.com

SAINT LAURENT

SAINT LAURENT zebra print denim skirt, £608; farfetch.com

HOUSE OF HOLLAND

HOUSE OF HOLLAND zebra print platform loafers, £224; farfetch.com

ISABEL MARANT

Women’s Black Zebra Print Jacket, £1,693; farfetch.com

EDIE PARKER

Zebra pattern rectangular clutch, £1,766; edie-parker.com

MARNI

‘Fussbett’ zebra sandals, £480; brownsfashion.com

SEE BY CHLOÉ

Zebra-printed sweater, £175; mytheresa.com

Images courtesy of: whowhatwear.com and vanessajackman.blogspot.com

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