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.
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.
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?
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).
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.
We say go wild with leopard print this fall!