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Last week was New York City’s turn to influence fall’s fashion trends, and this week style hounds have turned their eyes to London. Or more specifically, to Kate Bosworth, who caused a stir when she showed up at the highly anticipated Burberry Prorsum show (along with celebs like Mario Testino and musician Will.i.am) wearing an owl-embroidered grey jumper, which she paired with a black velvet belt and a taupe pencil skirt. While a few commentators were less than impressed with the quirky, casual ensemble, the Superman Returns star matched the models on the runway, many of whom were decked out in similar owl-emblazoned looks.

Personally, I like Kate and Burberry’s whimsical, animal-inspired outfits. They got me thinking of the myriad ways that fauna has influenced interior designers over the last couple of years with playful, cute and sometimes edgy pieces. Here’s a look at some of my favourites:

Fortunately, owl-influenced decor has moved well beyond '70s-style macramé wall hangings (yikes), like this adorable printed crib skirt from DwellStudio.

Snakeskin has been huge lately. While I like some of the decor this inspired, I’m too conservative to have, say, a full-on snakeskin bathtub. I do, however, love this understated, snake-printed robin’s egg blue wallpaper from Anthropologie (which also has swallows, rabbits and butterflies).

Foxes have a playful, clever charm — even when used as a doormat, like this one from West Elm.

These vintage zebra print chairs in fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg's Manhattan penthouse are interesting because of the tufts of mane running down their backs.

Kim Seybert's crocodile-inspired barware is subtle but still edgy, with its rough, bold texture.

I love horses (by far my favourite animal), but I wouldn’t necessarily want an equestrian-themed living room. These pared-down Dala ornaments from Mjölk are a good way to get a horsey hit without being over the top.

For more animal inspiration, see Meg Crossley's blog post on leopard print.

Photo credits:
1. Dwell Studio
2. Anthropologie
3. West Elm
4. Architectural Digest
5. Kim Seybert
6. Mjölk

Author: 

Matthew Hague

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