There is a definitive micro trend surfacing through Paris and Milan collections this fall, and it's leopard print ladies! There are, of course, the usual suspects like Roberto Cavalli (the king of animal print) and Dries Van Noten. It was less expected from Isabel Marant with her Parisian chic aesthetic. I absolutely loved her take on leopard print-blouses and dresses in bold and saturated orange colors. Etro, no doubt, had the most beautiful collection, with very refined and elegant faux fur leopard coats and accessories.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Trend Alert: Leopard Print Extravaganza
Roberto Cavalli Fall/Winter RTW
Dries Van Noten Fall/Winter RTW
Etro Fall/Winter RTW
Isabel Marant Fall/Winter RTW
So now the question is: how to bring this trend to life? I'm all for subtlety, so would never go for head-to-toe animal print look. I would probably stick with one leopard print item, be it a scarf or a pair of shoes. It's bound to make a statement. I tried on the below Sonia Rykiel jacket at BT2 Dublin and looked like I was swallowed by the beast. However, if you can pull it off, I bet this coat will produce a knockout effect. I do suggest sticking to monochrome black everywhere else. My favorite leopard print pick this seazon would have to be Kurt Geiger pumps. They are to-die-for and would look stunning with opaque black tights and cashmere LBD.
The safest choice would be to go with cotton, wool or cashmere leopard print scarfs. Just the other day I picked up a gorgeous cotton/silk blend scarf from Zara (7 euro a pop :)).
If you happen to be print-shy, I highly recommend a splash of orange. Bold Orange is very in this fall/winter season.
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Lanvin chain bag - $1555 (waiting for the sale is highly recommended on this one)