I’ve always had a fascination with exotic animals, but especially the big cats: lion, tiger, cheetah, jaguar, lynx and leopard. Most of my favorite designers (Chanel, Gucci, Valentino, Versace) have used animal prints in their collections at some point, but of all of these, my love for the classic leopard print is never-ending. Too much of anything is tasteless, of course, but I’m like an addict needing a fix, I can never have enough.
These days, I restrain myself to just a few leopard items per season, mostly accessories or the occasional blouse. Leopard print can be tricky, sometimes looking cheap rather than chic. So, for me, I take a little fashion safari each season to bag the ‘perfect’ animal print trophy accessory. It doesn’t have to be expensive, it just needs to look expensive.
Daily animal print is best in small doses, like a scarf tied around a handbag, a cute keychain, wallet and other small items. Love and leopard are in the details. Here are some of my fave big kitty picks, plus the details on my outfit, in stores now.
SHOP THE INSPIRED LEOPARD