Mother Nature has probably never been more fashionable than this fall, with images of deer, frogs and even spiders appearing on clothing, accessories and home décor.
Serene fawns recline on a background of trees and leaves on a Roe Habitat blouse by Anna Sui for Anthropologie ($168 at Anthropologie.com). Betsey Johnson stud earrings ($25 at department stores) are available in a menagerie of designs, including enameled frogs with crystal accents and bow-bedecked alligators.
Exotic panthers stride across the Marc by Marc Jacobs Panthera dress ($258 at Nordstrom). And at Kate Spade, the elegant bird-shaped Night Owl mesh evening bag ($225), features chic gold-plated accents.
In home décor, the attraction to animal motifs has led to a plethora of ceramic chickens roosting in kitchens and classic equine statues standing guard in entryways. But now, designers are offering creatures that are a little more quirky and even some that are, frankly, a little creepy — in a stylish way.
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Utilitarian Franchise, a San Francisco-based company, creates throw pillows available on Etsy.com with screenprinted images that fuse together animal and human features, such as a four-horned goat wearing a dress jacket and a wide-eyed tarsier, a type of primate, standing on a straw hat.
Some of the most striking images are of the realistic-looking spiders, snakes and other animals found on the ceramics of Laura Zindel Design (Laurazindel.com). Dinnerware includes an elegant white charger plate topped with a leggy walking stick and a butter dish sporting a detailed tarantula, fangs and all.