Leopard is in. Zebra was never out. According to fashion writers, animal print designs on dresses, jackets, accessories etc, go in cycles, and this year it is the turn of the leopard. At one time only super-models could get away with wearing slinky dresses in animal prints but Bet Lynch from Coronation Street eased the way for the general public.
Critics claim that animal prints look vulgar but the general reply is that if you are elegant in the first place, you will still be elegant in a tiger skin jacket or coat. An entire dress or coat will look sophisticated as long as it is made from a quality fabric with a good cut. Nevertheless, even a leopard skin bag or shoes will give zest to any dress or coat.
In the cold winter months, a leopard skin coat or jacket certainly possesses a textural and tactile appeal, being warm, furry and soft. Moreover, the distinctive pattern is eye-catching.
Katie Holmes has been captured on camera recently wearing an animal print coat. Poppy Delevingne has likewise been seen in a jacket.
In 2003, designers such as John Galliano, Roberto Cavalli and Helmut Lang championed animal print fashions and with a seal of approval by the likes of Kate Moss they went main stream.