FASH­ION.

GO WILD IN AN­I­MAL PRINTS THIS SPRING AS THE PER­PET­U­ALLY STYLISH PAT­TERN RE-EMERGES IN GAR­MENTS AND AC­CES­SORIES

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - CONTENTS - WORDS: AM­BER MACPHER­SON

The head of an in­ter­na­tional fash­ion la­bel once said, “As far as I’m con­cerned, leop­ard is a neu­tral”. That ker­nel of wis­dom was of­fered by ex-J Crew pres­i­dent Jenna Lyons and no wiser words have ever been spo­ken of the pat­tern pay­ing trib­ute to the wilder­ness.

A fash­ion state­ment with a long his­tory, it’s a print that’s never out of place or out of style.

“We’ve been so ex­cited to see it back at the fore­front of fash­ion this sea­son,” Or­der of Style founder Lana Cop­pel says.

“We feel it is a time­less print that tran­scends age or trends and in­stead al­lows the wearer to em­body an at­ti­tude of be­ing fab­u­lous and fear­less.”

Lana says leop­ard print’s reap­pear­ance in the main­stream could be due to 1990s fash­ion cur­rently mak­ing a come­back.

“There was def­i­nitely an un­der­cur­rent of an­i­mal print present in the ’90s, par­tic­u­larly within the more grunge in­spired set — think Court­ney Love, Shirley Man­son and Gwen Ste­fani,” Lana says.

Usu­ally ap­pear­ing in colours of caramel, beige and brown, Lana says the print’s indis­tinct tones means it can be eas­ily dressed up or down. It’s also a de­sign avail­able to many man­u­fac­tur­ers, so you can lash out and pick up jew­ellery, bags and shoes in match­ing hues.

“I love a leop­ard-print coat. It’s an es­sen­tial part of my wardrobe and adds in­stant glam­our to any out­fit,” Lana says.

“It’s like the wardrobe’s an­swer to a bright red lip­stick — it cre­ates an in­stant boost and com­mands at­ten­tion.

“Plain black dress — add a leop­ard coat and sud­denly you’re Edie Sedg­wick.

“Paired with leather pants — now you’re chan­nelling Kate Moss.

“If you’re new to an­i­mal print my ad­vice would be to play with printed ac­ces­sories — some shoes, a belt or a bag. Keep it fresh for spring and sum­mer by pair­ing it with your favourite denim and a splash of white.

“If you’re look­ing to make a state­ment I’d pair it with a bold jewel tone such as emer­ald, sap­phire or cit­rine like Ital­ian fash­ion icon Gio­vanna Battaglia.”

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