The street style set have dictated the pattern to perfect this season: leopard print. The good news? You can take inspiration from vintage classics or experiment with fresh, snappier styles. A hotbed of symbolism – from youth to nostalgia, and from strength to seduction – take from it what you will, as leopard print offers a broad spectrum of appeal within its spots.
With a habit for going in and out of style, we all have a little leopard print lurking somewhere in our wardrobe, right? Love it or loathe it, throughout the decades it has been celebrated upon a fashion pedestal across the board.
Nothing works a throwback moment better than fashion. Jackie Kennedy ignited a craze for leopard print in 1962 when she showcased a double breasted Oleg Cassini coat. By the 70s the print had filtered into the rock n’ roll scene, with the likes of Keith Richards and David Bowie embracing artistic experimentation and androgynous styling. The 1980s hit and the likes of Debbie Harry and Madonna claimed it as their own as pop went on to give us some of our most memorable leopard print moments to date, including the infamous Scary Spice jumpsuit.
The ever-evolving reincarnation of leopard print allows it many more than just nine lives. This season we’re taking tips from the catwalks and claiming our new-found love for leopard by working it into our autumn/winter wardrobes once again. Design houses such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera, Tom Ford and Victoria Beckham showcased their fix of fierce across the fashion weeks.
If you’re ready to indulge your animal instinct but are hoping to channel a little more Kate Moss and Alexa Chung than Bet Lynch or Kat Slater, take a tip from these street style off-duty ensembles…
Fashion + Features Editor