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