The truly amazing thing about leopard print – aka the pattern that really never goes out of fashion – is that it can be altered and adapted to suit anyone’s taste. Leopard can be kitsch, or it can be ferociously fashion forward – a purrrrfect example would be Stella McCartney boldly modelling her own recent Resort 2013 leopard look head-to-toe. Animal spots can be punky or sexy and feisty. The big cat’s popularity is perennial in fashion circles and beyond, and there are certain girls like Harley Viera Newton or Alexa Chung (who was spotted wearing this chic Antipodium coat from the brand's Pre-Fall collection - because she loved it so much, the team whipped one up especially for her before it goes on sale in June for £299) who always rely on bringing a bit of rockstar ‘tude to any ensemble with a little leo.
Stella McCartney’s leopard print pieces haven’t just been a hit in her own wardrobe, stockists have been reporting wild sales of these, too, and re-stocking has been happening despite the new season collections dropping into stores.
Burberry, Tom Ford and Preen all like leopard for Autumn Winter 2013
This classic animal print – whether in jumbo form or teeny tiny ocelot dots - shows no sign of waning for next season either. Preen, Jonathan Saunders, Tom Ford and Burberry, are all ready to enter the jungle for autumn winter 2013. But, good news, you can actually get your claws into the trend nice and early, because there’s lots of leopard available to buy right now. And, if you do your research, cheap leopard can look just as good as the expensive stuff: simply avoid anything shiny or synthetic-looking. And never ever wear leopard too tight. Bet Lynch is not the influence here, ladies.
We’ve chosen our favourite fine feline pieces in the print kingdom right now – so do you want to dip in a paw with a pair of leopard heels or go totally Tarzan top-to-toe?