Leopard print, cheetah and zebra: Animal prints are particularly striking this season
The mention of animal prints could send a chill down your spine. Or it will instantly remind you of the elegance of French actress Catherine Deneuve, who wore the leopard print designs of her good friend Yves Saint Laurent throughout his long career. You might also think of Kate Moss, a loyal leopard bearer. Or Naomi Campbell, who wore a cheetah print from head to toe for Azzedine Alaïa’s fall / winter 1991 show – an image that got widespread on Pinterest thanks to the 90s-obsessed Generation Z mood boarders.
Naomi Campbell at the Azzedine Alaïa Fall / Winter 1991 show
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Patterns that mimic nature – rather than the use of real hides – keep popping up every season, but there is a renaissance in true fashion maximalism. The first to launch a wonderfully escapist collection was Tom Ford, who told VOGUE, “The last thing I want to see is serious clothes.” His Spring / Summer 2021 collection was inspired by a documentary about Antonio Lopez and his illustrations by Pat Cleveland and Donna Jordan. The models Makala Johnson and Marjan Jonkman wore fishnet tights and 70s-inspired outfits with leopard and zebra patterns in the lookbook.
Tom Ford Spring / Summer 2021
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“Joy and fantasy and escapism”, that was also Michael Halpern’s concern. In the absence of a real show in front of an audience, he captured his puffy, feathered dresses and costumes against a picturesque studio backdrop. Between the elegant tweeds and its characteristic marabou trimmings, looks six, seven, eight and nine showed a glittering one golden leopard print in all Variants.
Michael Kors Collection Herbst/Winter 2021
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Paco Rabanne, Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood, Dolce & Gabbana and Victoria Beckham followed suit – the latter wore the lace and Leopard slip dress her brand for a snap her son Romeo recently shared on Instagram.
Animal prints went one step further in autumn / winter 2021. Leopard has been spotted at Celine, Christian Dior, Marine Serre, Lanvin, Max Mara, Michael Kors Collection, Molly Goddard, Rokh and No.21.
Molly Goddard Herbst/Winter 2021
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“Comfort schmomfort! What we need now more than ever is fantasy and glamor and things that make you feel wonderful, and I don’t think sweatpants can do that.” That’s what Jeremy Scott said at his theatrical Moschino spectacle. Binoculars became the accessory du jour for the safari portion of the presentation, where Taylor Hill, Indira Scott and Janaye Furman came on stage in khaki utility wear; Amber Valletta posed in a shimmering gold dinosaur dress (complete with tail); Shalom Harlow dressed up as a sequined leopard (with ears), and Achenrin Madit posed in a boxy coat-dress made of glittering zebra fabric.
Achenrin Madit for Moschino Fall / Winter 2021
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Off the catwalk, the It girls are really crazy about this trend. This month alone, Rihanna wore a faux fur bucket hat from R13’s Fall / Winter 2021 collection; Hailey Bieber held onto her beloved Bottega Veneta zebra pouch; Kendall Jenner produced snake print ankle boots by Miista and Irina Shayk produced zebra print knee socks by Magda Butrym. You don’t have to completely dress in Richard Quinn like Kylie Jenner (see her on Instagram) to wear animal print, even with a statement accessory you will get attention.
This article originally appeared on Vogue.co.uk.