Release Your Inner Animal

Animal Prints Are Trending

Knowing how to wear animal print comes down to this one simple, unwritten rule: Treat it like any black item in your wardrobe. Yes, this might seem counterintuitive, but adding a little leopard print to any outfit upgrades and harmonises many different looks. True, leopard print has often walked the line between flashy and luxurious, but it’s been proven time and again that fashion girls can’t resist it. And despite its ubiquity, leopard print’s popularity began with one designer and his muse—more specifically, Christian Dior and then brought to fame by Mitzah Bricard. Bricard was fascinated by leopard print, and as a result, during the ’50s, Dior created a range of his accessories featuring the design, elevating leopard to be the must-have print of the moment.

From the ’60s through to ’80s, leopard print was often associated with rock stars—but that wasn’t a bad thing. Debbie Harry of Blondie wore it better than anyone else. There were plenty of other leopard-print champions, but perhaps none loved it as much as Jackie Collins, who reportedly said her biggest weakness was “wearing too much leopard print.”….I’m not sure if this is even possible!?

Nowadays, it’s a classic for any closet. Across the whole of the fashion world, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t own at least one standout animal-print piece. Topshop and River Island will be focusing heavily on leopard print as the Autumn season finally kicks in.