Spot on

This sea­son, leopard prints reign supreme over the other an­i­mals.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TRENDS - By S.S. YOGA yoga@thes­

THERE’S some­thing about an­i­mal prints that fashion just can’t ig­nore. Per­haps, this fas­ci­na­tion for an­i­mal prints has some­thing to do with our an­cient past when we were more at ease with na­ture. Of course, one must be able to pull off the trend, lest there be un­flat­ter­ing whis­pers of “faded hooker” trail­ing be­hind you! How­ever, you must ad­mit that this fad is only meant for the gals. Can you imag­ine the snig­gers that will fol­low the sight of a man in an­i­mal prints? Tarzan, swing the other way please! The only way an­i­mal prints could come off look­ing mas­cu­line would prob­a­bly be on some­thing out of sight, like kinky un­der­wear!

And, when it comes to the type of prints, tiger stripes are nice but not if you’re a lit­tle on the heavy side. Ze­bra prints ap­pear more of­ten than not on femme fatale types, while Dal­ma­tion and Friesian prints are seen as friv­o­lous and sel­dom taken se­ri­ously. It’s the dog­house or out to the pas­ture for you fashion vic­tims!

For a print that rocks, you have to check out the Pan­thera par­dus, or what’s more com­monly known as the leopard!

As the print of the sea­son, it’s prac­ti­cally on ev­ery other la­bel. On the lo­cal front seen at the re­cent Malaysia-In­ter­na­tional Fashion Week, many ex­am­ples were spot­ted, such as gor­geous wraps and re­sort wear from Tom Abang Saufi, to sun­dresses and trans­par­ent pieces from the de­but col­lec­tion of model-ac­tress Kavita Sidhu and her epony­mous la­bel. There was a gor­geous bag called Bor­neo from Yiu Lin’s KLutched (who snagged the Emerg­ing Tal­ent award for her ef­forts) in leopard-print. The bag is in Ital­ian pony leather with pyra­mid

studs, re­tail­ing at RM1,299.

Many other lo­cal la­bels have also been swept away by the leopard trend. Why stop at bags when you can have them on your shoes, too. Lewre has a nice pair of sandals avail­able in a gor­geous shade of beige or pur­ple, at RM179. Lo­cal la­bel Sal­abi­anca has gone the full she­bang in its lat­est col­lec­tion. Princess-cut dresses, short fig­ure-hug­ging minidresses, A-line dresses to leopard-print tops – they have it all. And, that’s just the clothes. Check out their range of hats in var­i­ous colours. There are even bags, sandals, ban­gles, belts and silk scarves. Truly a one-stop cen­tre for leopard-ma­nia. All yours from RM19 on­wards.

Thai­land’s Jas­pal of­fers var­i­ous op­tions from blouses to tube dresses, and there are coats in leopard print, too. Prices range from RM169 to RM349.

Spread your wings even fur­ther with the Amer­i­can brand bebe, which has a cou­ple of vari­a­tions. Try on the suede-like sheath dress (RM599) or the di­ag­o­nal beaded-strap dress (RM799).

If you’ve got money to splurge, go for Lan­vin then, for some French ooh-la-la! The T-shirt dress can be yours for just RM8,900 or the pony-hair bag, a steal, at RM10,900. Walk like a leopard in Lan­vin pumps at RM4,480 or the bas­ket shoe at RM3,380.

You can go for the whole fe­line mood with lap­top skins or phone cov­ers in leopard prints too. Tons of com­puter and phone ac­ces­sory shops stock these, so go on the prowl in the city and sniff them out your­self.

And guys, if you’re feel­ing left out, not to worry, you do have the op­tion to go the Tarzan route as French brand Renoma has some leopard print briefs for you. They come in packs of three with a tiger and snake print op­tion (RM39.90).

By the way, here’s a use­ful fashion tip you should re­mem­ber while you’re in leopard mode. Don’t go wild and deck your­self out in leopard prints from top to toe.

Oth­er­wise, if you’re spot­ted hav­ing more than three items on, the fashion po­lice might just get the zoo keep­ers to truck you away.

For that’s where you be­long, in a cage. That way, we can set the real leop­ards free to roam the jun­gles!

Strap me any­time: Di­ag­o­nal beaded-strap dress from bebe.

Leopard-print top from Sal­abi­anca.

The Bor­neo bag from KLutched.

Pony-hair bag from Lan­vin.

Renoma briefs.

Hat and three-in-one ban­gle from Sal­abi­anca.

Gowns from Kavita Sidhu’s col­lec­tion.

Bas­ket shoe (fore­ground) from Lan­vin.

Leopard print wrap dress from Tom Abang Saufi at the M-IFW 2010.

Coat from Jas­pal.

T-shirt dress from Lan­vin.

Shoe-in with these pumps from Lan­vin.

San­dal from Lewre.

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