August 09 2019 – Mercantile London
Once one of the the most divisive prints around - leopard has always embodied a edgy look through the ages and it is now back with a (faux) force in the autumn collections and the feeds of the street style crowd.
Loved by Hollywood stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, leopard print made its appearance on the catwalk in 1947 when Christian Dior (thankfully) showed it as a print rather than a fur. Since then each generation has adopted it in some form - from Anita Pallenberg's leopard print flares in the sixties, the punks ripped tees in the seventies, Debbie Harry's all-in-one in the eighties and of course Kate Moss who still references its glamorous, rock and roll feel.
Timeless, ageless and appropriate summer or winter and as long as its always faux, leopard works to best effect when thought of as a neutral so it can be easily mixed with other prints (such as stripes and checks). Heading into the autumn, classic brown mixes well with cream knitwear and tan leather to keep it looking expensive or go for a colour pop option if it's a fun, summer sun piece, just adding chunky flats to balance out the prettiness. Or if that's all a little too much - accessories or footwear are the easy way to try it out - dressed down with your everyday denim.
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