Animal print is leading the pack this season, as designers tap into their wild side.
Leopard, tiger, zebra and even snakeskin have been seen prowling the streets in 2018 and now they’re set to make their impact known even more as we enter 2019. Tom Ford, Victoria Beckham, Calvin Klein and Michael Kors are just some of the designers who have been indulging their animal instinct and transforming the catwalk into an urban jungle.
Despite an otherwise intricate pattern, animal print has a muted colour palette which has seen it pegged as 2019’s equivalent to a neutral, with a chic, almost understated elegance (note, we said ‘almost’). It’s exceptional teamed with an otherwise all-black ensemble and striking teamed with an all-white outfit, or why not get wild with some serious power clashing? However you choose to wear it, it’s officially a reliable print that can be paired with just about any look.
Christian Dior famously wrote in his 1954 manual, The Little Dictionary of Fashion that “to wear leopard you must have a kind of femininity which is a little bit sophisticated. If you are fair and sweet, don’t wear it.”
Since then, it’s always been a little bit sexy, a little bit raunchy, a little bit daring and a little bit wild.