Fierce Fashion

21 Aug 2014
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Penny Fray welcomes animal-print pieces that will make you want to roar

Feminine, feline and seriously foxy, leopard print is overflowing with fabulousness.

The vintage print is bigger than ever this autumn, will rev up everything you wear and looks especially brilliant with black. Even supermodel Kate Moss loves it – what further proof of fashion forwardness do you need? 

The flirty print appeared at Céline and Givenchy as sumptuous coats, and as a cute shift dress at Chloé. Mixed with floral, Hedi Slimane showed an edgier version at Yves Saint Laurent, while Gucci gave it a ’60s spin. Those who like to make a statement should embrace Marni’s fur coat complete with vibrant, overblown spots. 

If you want to try the trend without full-on flamboyance, buy the print in monochrome. This toned-down version can be spotted in Muscat’s malls, in particular at Matalan and M&S. Alternatively, opt for a classic clutch or this season’s skater sneaker with a neutral shift. Whatever your style, always wear leopard with lashings of attitude – street roaring is optional.


This is lightweight enough to wear now but will serve you equally well in autumn. The mixed-print feels fresh yet timeless. Get it on sale now from Mango. From RO6.5


These lightweight, leopard-print statement trousers are part of Band of Outsiders’ pre-autumn 2014 collection. The black waistband and front pleats accentuate the flattering high rise. Team yours with a relaxed T-shirt and heels. RO170 from Net-a-Porter


Give on and off-duty looks a stylish update with this leopard-print top from Matalan’s latest collection. Team it with matching pieces for a high-fashion look. From RO8


This shift dress from Zara is fresh and easy to style. Wear it now with bare legs and sandals, adding a leather jacket and boots when the temperature drops. From RO24


Valentino’s bag collection is brighter and bolder this season. The Va Va Voom shoulder bag is crafted from leopard-print calf hair, punctuated with neon-yellow pyramid studs and leather lining. From RO1,000


Christian Louboutin’s Iriza 100 pumps are crafted from leopard-print matte-satin with a smooth leather interior. Make the pattern and signature red soles pop with black trousers. From RO275


This H&M ring has a flash of leopard print and is a subtle way to introduce the trend into your wardrobe. From RO13


Surviving fashion’s fiercest print: 

  1. Want to wear leopard as a bold outer layer? Take a leaf from Kate Moss’s fashion book with black skinnies and a slick of vampy red lipstick. 
  2. Otherwise, treat the classic leopard print as you would colour, teaming it with coordinating hues such as camel, olive or cream. 
  3. If you want to up the ante, add plenty of gold accessories. 

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