Leopard Print: A Truly Seasonless Design

For autumn and winter 2011, these prints have been seen in a range of colours, which has been quite uncommon in the past. This year, designers are stepping outside the traditional animal print colour schemes, and trying something completely different, and totally exciting. For A/W 2011, animal prints can be considered a fashion staple, and add style and a unique touch to any look.


For those that are not quite sure about a complete leopard look; animal print accessories work great with black, white and red. For example, you could amp up a cute black dress by adding a bold leopard handbag or belt. 


Those who wish to try the full-on trend, however, should look for pieces such as blouses, coats, dresses and high-heeled shoes. The Gucci 2011 collection presented leopard print overcoats which would be a glamorous choice for a daytime look, while the dresses seen at Dolce&Gabbana are more suited to an evening event. Balmain showed ultra versatile leopard printed blazers, which take you from day to evening.

















From left to right: Gucci, Dolce&Gabbana, Balmain – the 2011 A/W Collections



Oscar de la Renta presented leopard print underneath a red coat with a tiger-esque trim for A/W 2011. This look shows that leopard really does go with anything. Meanwhile, the classic designs of Hermès saw leopard pieces complemented with boots, overcoats, and hats of a similar shade. The elegant touch of a leopard umbrella adds to an excellently polished look.























Left to right: Oscar de la Renta, and Hermès A/W 2011



Several NZ designers have embraced the leopard print for the A/W seasons this year, too. We’ll start with Huffer.


The ‘Dust’ dress below comes in ‘pink leopard’, and is a cute take on the classic leopard print and colour scheme. The scooped neck and long sleeves make it perfect for winter, and the cooler spring months ahead.

The knitted leopard t-shirt below is also from the Huffer A/W 2011 Collection, and can easily be paired with some short shorts or layered over a soft dress. 
This Sylvester fur coat keeps you warm while rocking both the fur and animal print trends. There’s also a bag in the same fur and colour in the designer’s A/W 2011 Collection.
Printed accessories, like this David Lawrence belt, will add some leopard style to your look, without going for the full spotted dress or coat. The belt above is the perfect statement piece against dark colours, and is made from leather and pony hair. Be warned, though: when it comes to leopard prints, you should stick to either a printed accessory or a printed dress/skirt/top. There is such a thing as too much leopard. 
This darker animal print piece from David Lawrence is slightly less eccentric, but still captures the animal print trend. The bold print, along with the deep V neck and gathered detail guarantees a flattering fit, not to mention a stylish look.


My prediction for this trend is that it will never truly go out of style. So don’t be afraid to invest in quality animal print pieces – they will be chic for a long time to come.
-Lena Aseeva



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