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Spotted! Wildcat prints making the rounds

There is something always timely and chic about leopard print in fashion. Some today might even go so far as to consider it a wardrobe “must-have,” almost a neutral color, if you will.

Jean Paul Gaultier - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Jean Paul Gaultier - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

The iconic Leopard coat

Barbara Bui - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Barbara Bui - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

A still from Edie Sedgwick's Last film, 'Ciao, Manhattan!'

A still from Edie Sedgwick's Last film, 'Ciao, Manhattan!'

St. John - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

St. John - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

As it turns out, leopard print is coming back with a vengeance –showing its spots, pulling out its claws– for the world to see and to experience. If you followed the Fall 2012 collections closely and liked what you saw, you will be sporting some spots yourself in a few months’ time.

Françoise Sagan - leopard coat, Life Magazine photo

Françoise Sagan - leopard coat, Life Magazine photo

Moncler Gamme Rouge - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Moncler Gamme Rouge - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Ralph Lauren - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Ralph Lauren - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Blumarine - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Blumarine - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Dolce e Gabbana - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Dolce e Gabbana - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Roccobarocco - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Roccobarocco - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

For a few decades (starting in the 1970s) the dilemma about leopard print was how to wear it without looking “démodé” or “cheap.” Until the 1960s, leopard was pure couture glamour, then it became synonymous with streetwalker style, then moved on to rebellious punk. In many ways leopard is a subculture favorite! And for those seeking a different twist on the savage theme tiger stripes are now getting the revamp treatment as well. Who can’t love that?

Jacqueline Kennedy as she departs for a solo tour of India and Pakistan, wearing a stunning leopard coat, long black gloves and black pillbox hat (1962)

Jacqueline Kennedy as she departs for a solo tour of India and Pakistan, wearing a stunning leopard coat, long black gloves and black pillbox hat (1962)

IMAGES magazine

In the past few years, designers and furriers helped revive this iconic print in a multitude of design variances and finishes ranging from textile prints to fur stenciling. And judging by the prevalence of leopard print furs in designer collections for fall 2012, these stenciled furs are taking over the fashion world by storm, (re)introducing this iconic fashion note for all to enjoy (and that also includes the men).

Blumarine - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Blumarine - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Isabel Marant - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Isabel Marant - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Dsquared2 - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Dsquared2 - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

St. John - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

St. John - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Blumarine - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Blumarine - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

ADIDAS Y-3 - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

ADIDAS Y-3 - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

ADIDAS Y-3 - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

ADIDAS Y-3 - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Printed on anything from lapin to cowhide to goat and even sheared mink, leopard is really showing its universality and is starting to infiltrate more than the conventional outerwear wardrobe. Leopard print fur accessories are currently winning throngs of new fans too. The leopard handbag might simply be one of the coolest accessories around for next fall.

ANG - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

ANG - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Louis Vuitton - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Louis Vuitton - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Ralph Lauren - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Ralph Lauren - Fall 2012-Winter 2013

We say go wild with leopard print this fall!

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