Animal faces a fierce new trend
Grrrrowl! Lions and tigers and bears -- oh my -- are appearing on everything from tees to purses to necklaces and phone cases. Here's a sampling:
French Connection cotton-blend tiger sweater; $118 at select Macy's stores and macys.com.
Hang with a menagerie of hematite and crystal pendants -- foxes, penguins, owls and more; $38 to $68 (depending on chain length) at select Fossil stores and Manhattan) and fossil.com.
Gold crystal iPhone case, $14.95 at H&M stores (or visit hm.com for other critter styles).
This cozy rayon-blend fox sweater from Wildfox has a slight boat neck and not-so-slight adorable factor; $108 at largodrive.com.
He'll be head of the pack in this Guess wolf cotton tee for men; $29 at select Macy's stores and macys.com.
Marc by Marc Jacobs' Critters Collection gives you the time while flaunting various fauna (bunny, dog, cat, zebra); $175 each at select Macy's stores and watchstation.com.
Lauren Moshi's tiger canvas tote bag; $88 at laurenmoshi.com.
Peugeot's leopard dial leather watch tells time purrrfectly, in gold-tone with Swarovski crystals; $100 at peugeotwatches.com.
This Australian brand may be called Bless'ed Are the Meek, but nobody will use the "M" word around you when you're wearing their mirrored leopard tee, in cotton with neon spikes; $100 at shopbop.com.
Get into the holiday spirit with Juicy Couture's polyester tee, in toddler and little girl sizes; $68 at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores and saks.com.
Pandora's wise owl charm, in sterling silver and cubic zirconia; $50 at select Bloomingdale's and bloomingdales.com.
From designer Marti Horwitz, this striking crystal ram's head necklace with gold-tone chain and surprisingly delicate name: Julia (though who's to say what a ram should be named?); $195 at shop-marti.com.
A zest for the zoological is nothing new at Lacoste, what with its crocodile logo. This month, Lacoste celebrates its 80th birthday with a line of holiday polos, in classic white with eight "crazy crocodile" designs (from abstract to scribbled out).
For Ralph Lauren's Bring It Back program, customers voted for designs of bears in various outfits; the winners appear on a pair of Polo Bear sweaters (one for men, one for women); $295 each at select Ralph Lauren stores and ralphlauren.com.
Wear this sterling elephant pendant as a symbol of strength, from Lagos' Rare Wonders collection; $295 at select Bloomingdale's. (2013 Gift Guide)
Johnnie B.'s embellished sweaters come in various species, including reindeer, bird and this black mouse version; $46.80 at bodenusa.com.
Aqua cashmere sweaters come in an elephant intarsia print (also giraffe); $198 at select Bloomingdale's and bloomingdales.com.
BCBGMaxAzria gets "foxy" (with embroidered satin envelope clutches, $118, or this black iPhone 5 case, $38) and puppy-dog cute (glow-in-the-dark iPhone 5 case, $38); at select BCBGMaxAzria stores and bcbg.com.
Stella McCartney's roaring lion muscle tee, in oh-so-civilized cotton/silk; $345 at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores and saks.com.