Report by Heath Brown
There may not be a lot of leopard print on the London catwalks but scan the front row and flashes of the animal motif will growl right back at you. From subtle collar details to full blown coats it is the perennial fashion trend that is a must have for all fashion-folk.
“I LOVE leopard. I have loads” Julia Restoin-Roitfeld told us. “It’s rock chick with glamour – a kind of Chrissie Hynde meets Gina Lollabrigida” Rotfeld’s mother, Carin, editor of French Vogue, is seated nearby in a full leopard print coat “ But I would never do the full all-over look” continues the daughter.
Sara Blonstein, the brains behind the productions at the old Eurostar Terminal this week, is so enamoured about leopard-print that she has a VW Beetle covered in it. “I just bought it in a vintage auction” she tells us, balancing in her mid-height leopard-skin shows.” But for clothing it’s vital it is printed on skin (pony or calf) . “ she advises, “or it can look cheap and tacky.”
Ali Blair, Fashion Buying Agent for Lambert & Associates feels you have to be careful no to go too far. “The secret is to keep it simple. Don’t Overkill.” And Sophie Pates, who adores her vintage leopard-print trousers says “ You either need to wear just a little bit or go for lots.”
Whatever the advice on how much, or how to, wear leopard the fashion pack are unanimous – leopard is a huge favourite and is here to stay – well, for next few days at least.