Statement animal prints are a given season after season and whether day or night, the pattern instantly uplifts a look. Set to be an unstoppable staple this winter, we’re exploring how decades of fashion have interpreted the trend; making it forever fierce.
The 60s gave way to a re-invented style that was all about experimenting with colours and textures. Cue the animal print, most popularly worn in faux fur coat form by the likes of Sophia Loren and Elizabeth Taylor. Get inspired by the look with a classically cut coat, or add a subtle nod in your accessories like Audrey Hepburn.
Animal prints branched away from leopard patterns during the 70s, with snakeskin and tiger skin lending themselves to form-fitting bodysuits and blazers popular in the music world. Channel the decade with patterned bodysuits, made modern with a skinny jeans pairing.
From punk-esque roots to boxing epics, leopard prints proved their versatility in the 80s with everyone from Bette Midler to Robert DeNiro (Raging Bull) sporting the style. Draw influences from the era with animal prints paired with leather looks for a hardwearing feel.
The pop world were all about embracing the iconic pattern during the 90s, when more was most definitely more. Snakeskin and graphic leopard prints were doubled up with Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Mel B of the Spice Girls all enjoying the trend. Style it like the 90s with clashing animal prints in form-fitting shapes.
While the traditional coat still reigned supreme during the 00s, focus shifted towards colours and cuts as a revival on the runway saw an experimentation with the pattern on the catwalk. Keep it 00s with head-to-toe animal print for a retro statement.
This season’s fierce leopard prints are an amalgamation of decades filled with the pattern. From subtle nods on skirts to luxe matching separates like Kendall Jenner, this year is all about taking the animal-inspired print and making it your own. Keep it classic with a faux fur midi coat, or make it modern with coloured snakeskin.
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