The Vogue Paris September 2010 issue stars model Freja Beha Erichsen walking a black panther. Mikael Jansson photographed the feisty model and wild animal for this spread, while stylist Anastasia Barbieri chose black-on-black fashions from Proenza Schouler, Giorgio Armani and Alexander Wang.
This spread in Vogue Paris September 2010 makes wild black panthers look almost cute, and black fashions ultra-sexy. The latter, I am sure, is no surprise.
Implications - The fashion industry is utilizing animals in pictorials to better communicate their message to fans and potential customers. Consumers naturally associate certain connotations with specific animals. As such, corporations can similarly utilize animals in their advertising campaigns to convey messages in a more subtle and engaging way than with words.