I know this post will be polarising on a couple of fronts so let’s get that out on the table from the start, shall we.
1. I’ve been watching and largely enjoying Channel Ten’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.
2. I’m a long-term, card-carrying member of the animal-print appreciation society.
Let’s address #1, shall we?
I didn’t plan to watch the entire series but that’s how it’s panned out. I switched on for Julia Morris (one of Australia’s funniest people) and kept watching for Chrissie Swan (also one of Australia’s funniest people).
Before I knew it, the whole family was hooked and so became an almost nightly habit of sitting down after dinner and watching a bunch of people in khaki and red do not much at all except for tucker challenges, which I can tell you should not be watched on a full stomach. Especially those “food” ones. Water cockroaches. GAG.
Early on I twigged that Julia Morris’ jungle wardrobe was not some capsule wardrobe packing coincidence. Far from it.
Alex Perry dress | Witchery wedges | photo: @ladyjuliamorris
So, I went to the source of her fabulous on-set wardrobe, stylist Anne Stringer (follow her here on Instagram – she’s currently working on the wardrobe for the next Bachelor), for the low down on how it all came about.
SY: Who’s idea was it to bring a touch of safari/jungle into Julia’s nightly outfits?
AS: It’s a bit of a team effort between Julia, the executive producers and me. Given the fact we are filming in the jungle with wildlife, it was good to make a little play on this and, of course, include animal print, especially leopard. It’s so on trend right now.
Camilla kaftan | Photo: @ladyjuliamorris
SY: How do you follow this theme and not have it look cheesy?
AS: It’s all about the fabric, silhouette and style of an outfit, dress, top etc. It needs to be tastefully done and age appropriate. No mutton dressed as lamb or cougar looks!
DVF dress | photo: @ladyjuliamorris
SY: Is Julia a fan of all things animal print?
AS: Yes she is a fan and she has fun with it. It’s really important she feels comfortable in what she wears. I wouldn’t let her wear anything she didn’t feel comfortable in as it affects the performance.
We have used a few items in conjunction with certain episode content, for example the camp is starving and go off to eat insects so I’ll put her in an insect top. Or the camp is doing a challenge with animals so I’ll put her in an animal or leopard item. It’s just a little subtle thing we do.
Vintage DVF | photo: @ladyjuliamorris
SY: What have been your favourite outfits on Julia?
AS: I’ve had so many inquiries about how good Julia is looking and what she is wearing, which is great. I’m loving the figure-hugging dresses: Alex Perry navy leather skin dress with white sleeves (pictured at top); Clover Canyon floral print dress; Witchery leopard print dress (below); Marcs navy safari shirt dress (below).
Witchery dress | photo: @ladyjuliamorris
Marcs dress | Doury Accessories necklace | photo: @ladyjuliamorris
Then there’s the two- piece Safari style – navy Willow skirt with white fitted Marcs shirt; Alannah Hill gold skirt with Little Joe camo top.
Little Joe top | Alannah Hill skirt | photo: @imacelebrityau
Marcs shirt | Clover Canyon skirt | Witchery wedges | photo: @ladyjuliamorris
I love her footwear – her three pairs of Witchery wedges. I had some great animal print stilettos but they get stuck in the mud. Julia has a great set of pins, so it’s good to show them off.
SY: What should we all keep in mind when wanting to incorporate a safari/jungle theme into our wardrobes?
AS: Wear animal in a subtle way with little hit on a belt, shoe, trim, scarf or cami. Animal print always looks good with denim and white or black.
Or make a big bold statement in animal print by getting a good silhouette in a dress, skirt, pant, jacket or top that suits your body shape in a beautiful quality animal print fabric, so it doesn’t look cheap.
SY: What are some of the key labels you have worked with for the outfits?
Clothing: Alex Perry; Clover Canyon; Witchery; Marcs; Willow; Little Joe; DVF; Desert Road House; Leona Edmiston; Ginger & Smart; Alannah Hill; Country Road; Camilla; Seed; Bec & Bridge; Zara; Saba; Portmans; David Lawrence.
Footwear: D Squared; Caterpillar; Timberland; Witchery; Country Road; Tony Bianco.
Jewellery: Doury; Sally Skoufis; Banana Republic; Saba; Country Road; Witchery
Here’s a sample of some of the fabulous animal print and jungle-inspired pieces available in store now. Yes, I consider animal print a neutral!
1. Sportscraft dress $199 (VIP spend and save on now) | 2. Motto skirt $69.95 | 3. Seed pant $79.95 | 4. Sportscraft jacket $299.95 (VIP spend and save on now) | 5. Bohemian Traders maxi dress $139 | 6. Soludos espadrilles $58 | 7. Witchery scarf $49.95
Want some more tips on how to wear animal print? Check out this post here.
Confession time … who else has been watching? Who’s going to win? Who loves a bit of jungle theming in their wardrobe?