Adrienne Landau


- filed January 21th, 2002

"IT'S LIKE CAMEL, ONLY BETTER!"

WHILE ANIMAL PATTERNS, PARTICULARLY LEOPARD, ARE CLASSICS, AND PERENNIAL FAVORITES, THEY SEASONALLY FIND THEMSELVES IN AND OUT OF FASHION. BUT WITH TOM FORD'S HEARTY ENDORSEMENT - HIS MOST RECENT SAFARI INSPIRED YSL SPRING/SUMMER 2002 COLLECTION WAS FILLED WITH THE FELINE PATTERN - IT'S A 'NO BRAINER', THAT WE WILL BE SEEING A BIG RESURGENCE OF THE GRAPHIC PATTERN DURING THE COMING FALL/WINTER 2002 COLLECTIONS. LEOPARD'S CLASSIC AND TRADITIONAL COLORS - BROWN, CAMEL, WHITE, BLACK, MAKES IT NOT ONLY EASY ON THE EYE, BUT EASY TO MIX INTO ONE'S WARDROBE. AND SINCE EVERYONE IS REDISCOVERING TIME WORN FAVORITES, LEOPARD IS SURE TO BE A BIG HIT.

AND BECAUSE SO MANY HAVE INVOKED THE MEMORY OF THE LATE 'GRAND DAME' OF FASHION - CARRIE DONOVAN, WHO LOVED LEOPARD SO MUCH THAT SHE NOT ONLY COVERED HERSELF WITH IT, BUT ABUNDANTLY USED THE PRINT TO DECORATE HER HOMES AND OFFICES, IT SEEMS ONLY FITTING TO INVOKE A QUOTE THAT SHE MADE SEVERAL YEARS AGO: "IT'S LIKE CAMEL, ONLY BETTER!" FOR THE RECORD, I COULDN'T AGREE MORE.

THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT YOU DON'T HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL MID FEBRUARY, WHEN THE SPRING SHIPMENT OF YSL'S HIT THE RIVE GAUCHE BOUTIQUE, 855 MADISON AVENUE AT 70TH STREET AND BY THE WAY, COUNT ON SPENDING BETWEEN $5,000 AND $24,000 FOR THE CAFTANS, WELL INTO THE TWO FIGURES FOR THE PRINTED SILK TOPS, AND $500 AND UP FOR THE KNITTED SEPARATES.

DURING A RECENT TRIP TO BARNEYS NEW YORK 4TH FLOOR, I FOUND RESORT ITEMS FROM THE VERSACE BOUTIQUE: A LEOPARD PRINTED SILK RUFFLED TOP FOR $1235, A SHORT SLIPDRESS ($1755), VISCOSE/ NYLON PANTS ($700), AND A DRAMATIC FLOOR LENGTH GOWN FOR $6,000. RIGHT NEXT DOOR, IN THE DOLCE & GABBANA BOUTIQUE, THERE ARE LEOPARD TRIMMED CAMEL DRESSES, AND TWO LEOPARD PRINTED SKIRTS - A SHORT STRETCH SKIRT ($750), AND A LONG SKINNY CHIFFON VERSION ($825).

BY THE WAY, THE TEAM OF DOMENICO DOLCE AND STEFANO GABBANA, 816 MADISON AVENUE AT 68TH STREET, (WHO NEVER MET A LEOPARD PATTERN THEY DIDN'T LIKE), CURRENTLY HAS AN ASSORTMENT OF NYLON BAGS IN VARIOUS SIZES AND SHAPES ($350 -$360), AS WELL AS LEOPARD PRINTED SABRINA HEELED SLINGBACKS FOR $320. ALSO JAEGER SPORTSWEAR ON MADISON AVENUE AT 68TH STREET, IS EXPECTING A SHIPMENT OF A SMALL SPRING/SUMMER GROUP DESIGNED BY BELLA FREUD, TO ARRIVE BY MID JANUARY. INCLUDED ARE TWO ITEMS DONE IN LEOPARD PRINTED COTTON CANVAS: A GOLF JACKET, AND A MAC ($595).

 

ADRIENNE LANDAU, WHOSE DESIGNS CAN BE FOUND AT SAKS FIFTH AVENUE, BERGDORF GOODMAN, AND NEIMAN MARCUS, HAS BEEN USING ANIMAL PATTERNS THROUGHOUT HER CAREER. CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ARE THE LEOPARD PRINTED CHIFFON CAFTAN, LEOPARD PRINTED RABBIT VEST, FAUX LEOPARD JEAN JACKET, AND OF COURSE, HER SIGNATURE OVERSIZED THROWS AND CAPES. TRIMMED WITH EITHER BLACK LEATHER FRINGE OR DRAMATIC AND LUXURIOUS SABLE TAILS, THEY REVERSE TO BLACK WOOL FOR TRUE PRACTICALITY AND VERSATILITY.

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