Animal Accessories Have Replaced Fruit in My Shopping Cart

If you’re sick of fashion fruit, I have an idea.

Yes, it was the most prolific hero of last summer. Got a lemon? Print it on to your favorite tote. Need a pick-me-up? Here’s an acrylic watermelon. And don’t get me started on all the bananas! They gave me life. But now it seems so obvious, doesn’t it? Summer’s coming and everyone’s talking about twin cherries and sequined orange slices. I don’t blame them, but I do think we should turn our attention to a quieter symbol of summer. Like the animal kingdom! It’s not as literal (don’t leopards and zebras remind you of fall?), but it still works so well (Dolce & Gabbana recommends placing bottom feeders at the tips of our earlobes). You can wear them while you eat a lobster roll on your drive to Montauk. And speaking of Montauk, have you ever seen a toucan do the salsa?

Me neither. But I bet your ears could make it happen.

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Cult Gaia pig basket, Dolce & Gabbana lobster earrings, Eric Javits leopard visor

And what about a pig? Rendered entirely from straw? You could put fruit in it (the nourishing kind) and let two birds (see: the toucans) live on the outer edges of your stone.

I think I tried too hard to make that metaphor work, but I can’t delete it, it took too much out of me.

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Jonathan Adler zebra dish

Hey! I think I see a stampede of elephants. They must be running towards a pair of cat clogs. I don’t blame them, do you? I’d love to see more flamingos, maybe even giraffes in the wild. And where are all the fish? The fish!

Don’t mistake this for a proclamation that fruit is dead because the animals ate it. It’s still here — all over shoes and earrings and this one particular shirt. Charlotte Olympia even brought her watermelon basket back from the dead!

We’re just making room for new friends. So have at the eye feast above, take a deep breath and think it with me: Can I wear this Norma Kamali bathing suit or no?


Photos by Edith Young.

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  • Cynthia Schoonover

    Have you seen Kate Spade’s wicker camel handbag? It’s a work of art. I have polar bear, tiger, penguin, and bird earrings, and once upon at time, I had fish and parrot earrings. I have the Kate Spade polar bear bon shopper bag. I don’t necessarily follow the trends, I wear what I like.

  • Kay Nguyen

    They all look so adorable! Those lobster earnings look lie such a fun detail for every summer outfit <3

  • Love the idea but the choice of the animals is terribly boring – why isn’t anyone selling some new kids in town? Bison, chameleon, orangutan, milliped, heron, ostrich, donkey … anythong but flamengos and wild cats and zebras …

    • chouette

      I found front-and-back earrings of little rainbow anodized chameleons at Claire’s, of all places! If you’re on more of a Bergdorf’s budget, Daniela Villegas does centipedes that will make your head spin.

  • diane

    I just bought a wicker Schnauzer clutch by Serpui that is adorable but totally impractical since it won’t even fit my assorted keys (but I can squeeze in my phone and a lipstick)!

  • Jen

    Love the pig purse, but not going to pay $200 for it. And, much as I would love to wear cat-themed clothing, I fear becoming a living, breathing personification of a cat lady. Which I’ve probably already become due to my interest in and pursuit of cat-based activities.

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  • chouette

    GAH every time you guys post something like this it sends me down an etsy black hole looking for vintage bags for like an hour and then I remember I have a perfectly serviceable metal purse shaped like a dog (COMPLETE WITH TESTES AND BUTTHOLE) at home that needs to be taken for more walks.

  • Veerrrrry into the D&G lobster earrings, and I’m glad we’re not done with fruit yet because the new berry print at J.Crew is too damn good.

    xx Hannah //