Animal prints were first brought back to life by Natalie Massnet, the chairman of the British Fashion Council and the founder of Net-a-Porter. She was spotted wearing a Marc Jacobs leopard print skirt at New York Fashion Week and before too long Kate Moss popped out at Topshow in London wearing a pair of black leopard print jeans by Hysteric Glamour. Just a few weeks later Giovanna Battaglia popped out at the opening of the Palais Galliera show by the label wearing a leopard print dress that was dated sometime in the nineties.
Fast forward a few weeks and leopard print was so popular that NBC News foreign affairs correspondent was wearing a black leopard trench calmly reporting the news about Syria. At this point it was official; leopard print is back in style in a very major way.
Stylist Isabel Dupre stated that leopard is now the new black given the fact that women are dressing in prints frequently. She added that when a print is paired with the right accessories it looks fashionable and expensive making it just as timeless as black can be when worn on a dress or a top.
Saks Fifth Avenue senior fashion director Colleen Sherin went a step farther to say that leopard is an investment because it lasts forever and is great for young or old fashionistas. She went on to explain that this autumn a lot of designers are offering a paler version of the print making it a great option for those that want something that translates well from day to night.
Burberry for example is offering leopard tops, pumps, bags, skirts, gloves, and even one matching umbrella for those that want to try out the style that will place them on par with classic movie stars such as Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren.