At a time when female sexuality, power and vulnerability have never been more talked about, there is a comfort in this subtle, subconscious subversion: no matter how many times you read a fashion editor coolly declaring that leopard skin is now a wardrobe neutral akin to a black polo neck or blue denim jeans, animal print retains a gratifying edge. Yes, women can wear leopard-print blouses to the office and claw down raised eyebrows. No, they don’t have to stick to the demure flashes of animal skin on shoes, handbags or a well-wrapped scarf. It is a print that has gone beyond being a current fashion statement to establishing itself as a wardrobe perennial. Elegant, knowing, arch – and as stylishly savage as it gets.
Tthere’s no longer any need to choose between leopard or zebra or cow to get the graphic look of the moment. The secret lies in accepting the visual chaos. Loved by Kate Moss, Alexa Chung and Jacqueline Kennedy (the real fur coat she wore in the Sixties is said to have helped spark the mass trend), leopard print brings a much needed frisson of intrigue to the pattern spectrum. So, with Moss reaffirming our leopard love, it’s time we started celebrating the timeless fabulousness of this faithful friend in our wardrobes. Animal print shoes are an easy entry point to the perennial trend. A pair of pointy pumps (heeled or flat) will add an unexpected kick to all-black evening looks, while patterned trainers are a fun way to inject day looks with character.
Both summer and winter, girls just can’t resist the leopard print! We have seen leopard print tear down runways, the different looks the top fashion designers present, show just how miscellaneous styling leopard print can be. You see Tom Ford bringing an electric, daring and lustrous red leopard print suit forward while Victoria Beckham’s leopard print coat was one of her most talked-about pieces from last years Autumn/Winter show. The lightweight and sleek leopard print coat, different from the colour that of Tom Fords, gives off a more casual and modish feel and look.
So time to know our Leopard Print from our Cheetah Print.
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