Inject a dose of daring into your wardrobe with a leopard print piece that will prove anything but boring.
In the 1920s genuine leopard skin started appearing in full coats and trims and began a trend that became associated with glamour and exotic style. Heralding the look was actress Marian Nixon who, in 1925, had a coat made to match her pet leopard. The result was glamour and daring rolled into one. You have to hand it to Marian, this is positively stunning.
The look was soon adopted by other movie stars and celebrities, becoming the rage right up to and through the 1940s. In 1947 Christian Dior created the famous silk-chiffon printed evening gown which he called ‘Afrique’. Elegant and timeless, a gown to lust over.
This took glamour to another level. By the 1950s and 1960s, the leopard print was well established into high fashion signifying sophistication and luxurious style.
Since that time the leopard print has evolved into a fashion staple and, like denim, has remained on trend over the decades, each one bringing a different interpretation. The brown, beige and black colours that make up the print, are all wonderfully neutral, allowing it be teamed with almost anything.
A major plus is that it has immediate impact, lifting an outfit through an accessory or one well chosen piece.
A classic shoe, flat or heel, is sure fire way to gain untamed sophistication.
Bags, scarves, belts – almost anything you can name, can be teamed up for that dash of wild pizzazz.
The leopard is a lone hunter. Adopt its rule of engagement – one piece at a time.