Exotic skins are well in evidence on the runways in 2012, from fur trimmings to ostrich feathers and exotic skin handbags as seen from Louwe and Roberto Cavalli and knee high gladiator sandals from Michael Kors.
Exotic decorative skins for handbags in all shapes and sizes are seen in neutrals and bight colours form the top designers including Bottega Veneta. From snakeskin clutches to ostrich leather totes, the runways for 2012 were packed with exotic skins in a range of colours from the more subdued neutrals from Cavalli for a timeless investment piece to the more colourful dyed skins as expressive personalised pieces.
New Jersey based designer Meca McKinney has also unveiled her exotic skin inspired collection for 2012, entitled “Urbane Jungle” which draws it’s inspiration from the intricate forms found in the wilderness.
Controversial furs are also making a mark on the catwalk trends for 2012, with many designers having fun with furs and expressing their inspiration with fur trimmings, fur coats and fur embellished sweaters and dresses as seen in the Gucci collection for 2012.
Designers like Rebecca Taylor and Gucci are having fun with the trend, with all types of fur – long, short, faux real has been used to trim collars and cuffs as well as sleeves and hems, and is not limited to natural colours this season, arriving in bold hues of purple, green and turquoise.