Compilation: Pallabi Majumdar
The great Diana Vreeland, style influencer and conjurer of fashion’s most insightful words, said, “I’ve never met a leopard print I didn’t like.” Having seen some pretty frightful ones, we might disagree, but the truth is leopard patterns (the right kind) is a style classic no less than the LBD. From Jayne Mansfield’s skinny pants in Circa to Audrey Hepburn’s pointed hat in Charade, the motif has always been a celeb favourite.
For fall-winter 2015, we spotted it on the runways courtesy the likes of MiuMiu, Louis Vuitton, and Dior and in the stores of every major high street brand. From maximal ensembles to understated accessories, there’s a feline motif for every occasion and style statement.
MEN From Calvin Klein’s muted coat to Pierre Hardy’s sneakers, leopard print is everywhere. Here are few looks for the experimenters.
Leopard print has a flamboyant reputation. Little wonder that pairing a printed tee with a hoodie and the season’s trending baggy trousers is the look of the season. For a more eye-catching look, switch the print to your trousers and keep everything else black. But if you think leopard and formal don’t go together, wait till you’ve paired your printed jacket with a classic white shirt-blue jeans and tan accessories.
WOMEN We’ve been head over heels in love the very moment designer maven Sanchita Ajjampur sent out a posse of painterly leopard prints on the ramp during her AW’15 show.l
Who says leopard print must be yellow? A monochromatic print makes perfect sense for workdays—take off the white jacket and you’re ready for date night. Update muted prints with happy pops of yellow. To stay on-trend, pair rose-gold printed culottes with basic blacks. You’re ready to take the streets!