Animal Instinct
Posted by on March 8, 2012 | 5:15 pm EST

In fashion, the mention of the word “animal” often triggers vivid images of fox fur shrugs and loud leopard prints. This season however, we’re seeing a refreshing new spin on animal inspirations as they move to new territories—places we wish real animals would never dare go to.

Animal-shaped accessories are taking over women’s necks, ears, wrists and rings for a wild accessory adventure. From exotic iguanas to wild tigers, designers have indeed pushed the limits of their wild imaginations to create stylish accessories inspired by the animal kingdom’s most fashionable herd.

Proenza Schouler | Iguana Cord Necklace | $3,450

We adore the earthy quality of this quirky iguana cord necklace from Proenza Schouler. Its vintage aesthetic is the perfect complement to a laidback ensemble.

Gucci | Bracelet with tiger heads | $1,430

With two tiger heads fashionably clinging onto your wrist, who needs to pile on a stack of bangles to decorate your arms?

Michael Kors | Embossed snake leather cuff | $115

Toughen up with this snake leather cuff for an urban-meets-tribal appeal. We adore the simplicity and ruggedness of this piece, which makes it a fuss-free statement anyone can pull off.

Kenneth Jay Lane | 22-karat gold-plated crystal lady bug ring | $105

Women with a playful penchant for one-of-a-kind accessories will adore this ladybug ring and all its subtle quirkiness from Kenneth Jay Lane.

Lanvin | Swarovski crystal eagle necklace | $1,895

For the ultimate show-stopper of an accessory, wear this crystal eagle necklace from Lanvin. Fashion-forward women will stand out in style, with this big and bold piece.

Roberto Cavalli | Swarovski crystal leaf and snake bracelet | $895

This ornate bracelet will usher any woman into luxury. Don this on days you’re wearing a classic black dress and expect style spotlights to turn your way.

Marni | Resin and snake chain butterfly necklace | $575

Beads and tassels complete this butterfly necklace from Marni. Unique and casual, this darling accessory makes daytime accessorizing a fleeting breeze.

Valentino | Platinum-plated marcasite and crystal monkey earrings | $705

Monkeys aren’t as ubiquitous as snakes in the accessory department, but this pair of crystal monkey earrings from Valentino had us convinced that these agile animals can be just as glamorous too.

Images from Proenza Schouler, Gucci, Michael Kors and Net-a-Porter

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