How to Flawlessly Pull Off Animal Print Like Cookie Lyons

We've got all of the details on how to flawlessly pull of animal print and upgrade your fragrance game like a true member of the Lyon family.

Ever wondered how you could rock a skin-tight, cleavage-grazing, rip-roaring, tons-of-fun animal-print outfit without looking like you just stepped out of a horrible 80’s music video?! Well, listen up ladies! Ponder no more, because ESSENCE has got you covered (as always), and in all the right places too!

Our bad-ass, TV-champ Mrs. Cookie Lyon (played by award-winning actress Taraji P. Henson) on Fox’s acclaimed hit show Empire proves week-after-week that you can be as bold as you want, wear whatever trends you love and still play hard ball with the toughest of tough dudes (aka her ex-husband on the show, Lucious Lyon- played by Terrence Howard).

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Tons of fabulous clothing styles are displayed on the show, but the one trend that stands out the most, is Cookie’s obsession with animal-prints! Whether it’s a cheetah-print or leopard-print fur coat, or a safari-inspired dress or snake-skin shoes, Cookie always comes across the screen in something animal-esque and ready-to-roar — and we hear her loud-and-clear!

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In addition to the show’s groundbreaking fashion trends, there’s been a heightened sense of awareness about all things Empire, and along with that awareness comes endorsements and licensing deals. For this holiday season, Fox has commissioned a set of fragrances to be sold for fans of the show. Teaming up with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products, Simon

James London — a boutique fragrance agency — has created two extraordinary new fragrances, Lyon’s Truth (for women), and Lyon’s Legacy (for men), inspired by the show’s epic family dynasty, The Lyons!

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So not only can you be inspired to dress like your favorite Lyon, you can also smell like them too! Happy hunting!

Uniqlo “Carine" Leopard Faux Fur Blouson

Uniqlo available at uniqlo.com | $99

Solange Azagury-Partridge "Red Hotlips” Lacquer Ring

Solange Azagury-Partridge available at hotlipsbysolange | $100

MCM Worldwide "Red Stark Pouch" Wristlet

MCM Worldwide available at mcmworldwide.com | $380

Marciano “Lourdes” Leather Skirt

Marciano available at marciano.com | $228

Summit “Cecilie" Italian Suede Heel

Summit available at summitwhitemountain.com | $169

Empire Fragrance “Lyon’s Truth" Eau de Parfum

Empire Fragrance available at empirefragrance.com | $59

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