I just wanted to add a little more on my thoughts about animal prints (see my previous post first). How many of you said “that’s too much” when you clicked the Google link?
Ever since the first cave man stuck an animal skull on his head in an attempt to have the spirit of the animal infuse his body for some perceived power we’ve been doing pretty much the same thing. You can throw all the anthropolgy and sociology you want at me but animal print comes down to simply sending the message that primal instincts are sexy. The young woman in leopard print lingerie is seen to be aggressive, dangerous and cat like … irrelevant of her actual personality. Looking at the google images, the word aggressive comes to mind more than any of the others. Don’t get me wrong, the image of a powerful woman is a huge turn on for the obvious genetically built in Darwinist reasons … and I’d certainly find her more attractive at first. But let’s look at the next step. Do I really want to wake up with a man-eater? Sure it’d be a great night, but I’m afraid I might wake up to find myself bound up in a cocoon with her babies eating their way out of my stomach from the inside out!!
Let’s be honest for a minute. How many women find themselves attracted to aggressive, tough-guy, muscle-car men who just aren’t good for them? How many men find themselves attracted to aggressive, jealous, moody women? That’ll be a lot of you I’m sure! We seem to perceive this antisocial behaviour as sexy because in our long distant past our genetics were more likely to be passed on if our partners had these attributes. We know it’s bad for us but we just can’t help ourselves, right?
OK I get the fur keeping us warm bit … but animal print specifically?
When I left the semi-populated city of Perth for the remote tropics of Cairns, something I noticed was a sudden and obvious drop in the level of general aggression exhibited by people. It seemed that the more people per square kilometer, the higher the general level of aggression was … and it was obviously not good for people. Psychologists have known for a long time that the higher your aggression and stress levels are, the shorter your life will be and the more likely you are to get sick.
If I’m right, why is it that we want to look more aggressive? … and why do we still see this as sexy? Do we really need every little edge we can get to compete with others who are sucked into the same rat race? Let’s be really honest here? Do leopard print Victoria Secret undies say she’s going to be a better mother than, say, white cotton Bonds undies? I know my stomach will be free of claw marks if I go to bed with the Bond’s girl (that’s Bond’s with an S, not Bond Girl). Is it about attracting a mate, or about getting a single dose of sex, or about simply feeling sexy in yourself? Is it more about the image the wearer is trying to give others whom she is trying to attract, or is is more about the personality of the wearer reflected in their choice of clothing?
What are your undies saying about You?
We all know Roberto Cavalli … he’s one of the industry’s Gods … and his offering yesterday for 2011 was right on topic: Milan Fashion Week: Roberto Cavalli channels Cher. Definately some very sexy silhouettes on some really beautiful girls … but do they look like the girl you want to take home to meet mother or the girl you’d first want to sprinkle with garlic just to make sure your head would still be attached to your body in the morning?
In this article on Fall’s topmust-haves …
“The cat is on the prowl,” says Gap spokeswoman Tara Wickwire.
Nothing says fall 2010 like leopard print or, indeed, almost any animal print from python to zebra. You will find it in everything from accessories — skinny belts, silk scarves, gloves, faux fur collars, calf-hair pumps and handbags — to major pieces like pencil skirts, cashmere sweaters and Jacob’s faux fur coat.
“If animal prints scare you a little bit,” advises Claudia Augusti, fashion designer for Plum, “a great belt would be a good way to work it into your wardrobe.”
At least someone gets the bit about scary animal prints (OK so I’m playing with her words a bit) but how on earth does a belt help??? And python?? Do I really want to go out into the dark with a woman who’s trying to say she can crush my ribs into suffocation while staring into my eyes and bemusedly watching me gasp for breath?? Oh come on people?? Sheesh I’m starting to think those cute little Hello Kitty prints that used to say “I’m socially immature for my age” at least still said “let’s stay up all night and play happy games”. OK so some of them are better placed in an assylum but at least you’ll get the chance to put them there!
Jess Cartner-Morley wrote in The lure of leopard print a very honest look at animal print … she calls herself a lepoholic. Yes even the die-hard leopard print lovers still believe you can wear too much of it!
My question at this point is does animal print attract the type of lover you are really looking for? Or are you advertising the wrong message? This question is coming from the same guy who makes microkini patterns freely available on this very blog so I’m not opposed to this type of imagery. I’m just questioning why I’m suddenly turned off by animal prints.
So that’s fur, leopard, snake and oh yeah zebra … this one I really don’t get … why on earth do you want to dress up to look like a horse’s ass??? What is sexy about a zebra?? I don’t care which designer’s name is embossed into the item, he/she is clearly making you look like a fool and laughing all the way to the bank … sheesh, show some self-respect people. I’ll conclude the zebra opinion with this link: Ugly Prom Dress Sighting: the zebra-print prom dress x2.
So I ask you to ponder the question “What are your undies saying about you?”