And we wouldn’t have it any other way, says Faye Nottage
The big-cat is back. And this time it’s bigger and fiercer than ever. Designers have gone wild for the trend, showing it mostly in classic shades of black, tan and gold. For Autumn/Winter 2010 Dolce & Gabanna - veterans of the print - went for full on glamour with sexy mid-length dresses that prowled the catwalk, whilst Gucci, Ferragamo and Dries Van Noten showed fierce coats perfect for the winter months. But Mulberry really went the full hog with head-to-toe leopard print jackets, bags and boots.
But they’re not the only ones. Topshop has paid homage to the big-cat with leopard-adorned vests, cardigans and playsuits whilst ASOS and Urban Outfitters have a range of asymmetric chiffon dress, pussy-bow blouses and harem trousers. No Bette Lynch or Scary Spice here. Whatever your desired silhouette, this look is now a versatile addition to any wardrobe.
Proving its credentials as the fashion set’s favorite, celebrities from Sienna Miller to Anna Wintour have been spotted peppering their look with hints of the print. To mirror their style, wear it muted with black, tones of grey and brown or this season’s other must-have camel, for a clean and sophisticated look. Or you could take note from Mulberry and mix with an abundance of feline pieces if you are feeling particularly daring. Leopard, cheetah, or tiger, this season anything goes.
If feline head-to-toe is too daring, working the glamour-puss favorite into your style with subtle accents like bags, gloves, skinny belts, scarves or headpieces like the Accessorize pink and black leopard print beret is just as stylish and effective.
We know the big-cat print looks great in your closet, but don’t stop there. Your home can have a touch of the trend too. Mix leopard, cheetah or tiger into your living space with cushions, throws and bedding, to transform your home from dull to daringly plush. Next have a wide range of blankets, rugs, bedding and even animal print luggage guaranteed to satisfy your need for vixen glamour too.
Whether you choose to go full out or simply dip your toes in the water with a key piece, the big-cat is one of the easiest and sleekest trends to inject into your style now. Be sure to unleash your inner feline. Use your animal instincts; after all it’s a jungle out there.