Throughout the decades animal print and, more specifically, leopard print has survived the turn of the trends. From it’s Hollywood glamour phase, to its 80s spandex glam-rock era, to the naughty nineties, animal print has defined popular fashion. This season, it’s back on the runways, lining the rails of our favourite high-street shops and prominent in the designs of the latest eyewear collections.
Leopard print can be traced back as far as ancient Egypt, when women stenciled the design onto linen sheaths to wear. From its early beginnings, its survive every wave of fashion there has been. In the early decades, leopard print was a symbol Hollywood glamour, worn by actress Marian Nixon and later a staple of Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield. In 1947, Christion Dior famously put leopard print, as a print not a fur, on the runway in their spring/summer show. The 50s saw a rise in this by other designers. Animal print then became a icon of 70s punk glamour and all the way through to the 90s and the 00s. Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, and pretty much every other style icon has stepped out in an animal print coat at one time or another.
It’s impossible to go to a vintage shop and not see a rail of animal print coats and other clothes. Yet, what’s surprising is it resilience in returning each season on the catwalk. Designers like Diane Von Furstenburg, Carolina Herrera, Tom Ford, Michael Kors and Calvin Klein have all showcase new, vibrant animal prints on the runway this year. It doesn’t matter if it’s leopard’s spots, tiger’s stripes, or a pattern of rows of zebras, if it’s animal print, it will be met with a good reception. The same goes for colour; bright red is particularly popular, but so is neon yellow, green and vibrant orange as a way of adding even more zest to the lively print.
On the high-street, Zara in particular are going big this year for animal prints. With coats, dresses, trousers and bags adorned with different colourful prints of wild animals. Other brands like &Other Stories have opted for more subtle, yet still glamorous, animal prints in their designs. Even Vans have designed a collection featuring leopard and cow prints on their skate trainers. Animal print is back and it is everywhere.
Animal print eyewear is the perfect design to add glamour and character to your wardrobe. Here’s some top picks from our favourite designers…
Guess’s Playful Two Tone Leopard Design
Printed Wings by Jimmy Choo
Jimmy Choo’s Subtle but Fierce Leopard Inserts
Saint Laurent’s Bold Abstract Leopard Print
The Unique Snake Print by Miss KG