Aside from a wonderful opportunity to flex some cheesy puns, the infatuation with everything leopard, snake, zebra and tiger remains king of the catwalks and, by definition for AW18, so ladies it’s time to take a walk on the wild side.
The high-octane glamour of leopard print reigns supreme for AW18, there is no getting away from the Jackie Collins of trends. From high street brands such as Zara, ASOS, and Topshop to the likes of Rixo, Chloe, and Saint Laurent the cult leopard, the monochrome zebra and the cool snake has created quite the urban jungle. Net-A-Porter has even doubled its buy of leopard-print pieces this season, following on from the success of that Ganni dress – an instant sell-out.
Instagrammers would have no doubt also come across the slinky “Naomi” skirt – the knee-length leopard print phenomenon by Australian brand Réalisation Par, which has captivated the squares this summer. Heralded as “the most popular skirt on social media” and “the most viral clothing piece of the year” by the Instagram fashion elite, and along with Rixo Georgia and Gracie skirts, it is a cult front-row buy. Whether you like it or not animal print is here to stay for another season and whats more, the catwalks underlying message was go big or go home.
Leopard is a perennial trend that’s been on repeat since the Roaring Twenties (pun, for a change, not intended) and a natural rebound to the low key trends of late. The print is rich with connotations of the likes of Bet Lynch, Pat Butcher, and Kat Slater, all of which wore the print like pros and with the help of the delights on the high street right now we can too. For the skeptics out there, there is one simple, yet ingenious rule to wearing it. Drum rolllllll….
treat it like it is any black item in your wardrobe.
Animal print has been dubbed as the new neutral, therefore, treat it as such. See, easy peasy! If you view it like this, it will become the cornerstone of your wardrobe, honestly.
In our humble opinion, Debbie Harry excelled at sporting leopard print and as such has been our muse in the transition to the leopard print appreciation society. But if Debbie is not your cup of tea, there are plenty of other leopard-print lovers that champion feline sexiness, but perhaps none other than Jackie Collins, who believed her weakness was wearing too much leopard print. According to the fashion elite, there is no such thing.
The shape-shifting properties of leopard print give it many more than nine lives, it oozes power and seduction, you can go wild and clash it with polkas, stripes and checks all of which create a unique and stylish impact. Vamp up your leopard with a red t-shirt and red lippy. Channel your animal instinct by adding a dose of magic to your wardrobe with the abundance of big cat options, and bewitch your squad with a concoction of jungle animal prints.
1. Treat animal prints as your new neutrals by adding them to your everyday outfits alongside colour-block sweaters and classic trench coats.
2. Mix and match – be bold and brave, the most modern way to wear animal prints is to clash them.
3. This is one instance where more really is more, so take your styling cues from Debbie Harry, Beyonce, and Scary Spice and donne it from head to toe. See below for our fave picks, there really were too many to choose from.