Whilst working on my AW18 reports when working as a fashion trend forecaster, I was constantly flagging up runway images of animal prints – in particular, leopard print – in my reports. In fact, I was pretty in love with that leopard coat by Victoria Beckham that I’m convinced we’ll see on the backs of every fashion editor this Fall (just you watch). Low and behold, animal mania has crept up on us like a hungry predator, eager to get back in the game. Whilst we’ve all been vaguely unaware of its presence, we’ve suddenly found ourselves rushing to the shops to get some leopard print in our wardrobe.
Ever since that Malene Birger collaboration with Net-a-Porter, I’ve had a slip skirt on my wishlist for the longest time. I love how chic they look paired with a soft, knit sweater or how effortless they make an outfit look when paired with a vintage band tee.
To be totally honest, there’s only one piece I truly have my eyes on despite knowing that, alas, it will never be mine. You guessed it, that Realisation Par skirt that has been on every cool girls Instagram and sadly for us, is sold out everywhere online. So whilst I mourn over the loss of an item that was never truly mine, I found great alternatives like this wrap skirt from Whistles or mini co-ord set from Topshop.
For me, leopard print conjures up images of rock stars from the ’60s to ’80s – think Blondie and Kate Moss. Then, there was the more glam and veering on almost tacky – in a good way – side of leopard print from icons like Jackie Collins. Thankfully, brands like Ganni and & Other Stories have designed some pieces that are more in line with my style, including some beautiful dresses.
Who remembers Tom Ford’s AW18 show with all the leopard print sequin suits? It was total 80s power vibes and I absolutely LOVED it! If you want something a little more understated though, a printed blazer/jacket is a great way to add interest to the outfit. I love this one from Annie Bing, the smaller dainty print is more classic and great for smarter occassions.