This season the fashion world pays homage to the Year of the Horse. Celebrated in Chinese astrology, this graceful animal has seduced the fashion world for decades with its timeless beauty, and never ceases to be a source of inspiration to both creators and designers. Whether in the style of British nobility, Ralph Lauren’s chic heritage look, or the Wild West, this season the equine look is reinvented with a distinct cowboy theme, as shown in Chanel’s famous “Métiers d’Art” collection. Earthy tones are key – browns, beiges, and caramels, as well as flamboyant reds and deep blacks. Raw materials such as wool, leather, and tweed (of course!) are everywhere, but are given a fringed, Wild West twist. A mix of ethnic-inspired prints are found on chunky knits, ponchos, and swaddling capes. Riding boots and fringed and fur-lined footwear are essential. And the classic pendant for this ethnic look? Opt for the impeccable, elegant style of Charlotte Casiraghi, a princess with true modern elegance and a real life equestrian, chosen by Gucci to be ambassador for its line of equine leather goods.