Call of the Wild: How to knock the Spots off A/W13

With summer in glorious full bloom it may seem strange to suggest planning an autumn look, but the smart shopper should consider each purchase in terms of getting maximum mileage.  A huge trend for A/W13 is animal print and leopard is top of the spots.  Animal prints are a perennial classic and come back in some form or another every year, but this autumn’s big cats are refined and sophisticated.  Gone are any connotations of tawdry cheapness; this season’s animal is a classy beast.

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The fall collection from Burberry Prorsum combined bold leopard print with muted camel knits, flashes of gold and classic feminine tailoring.  DKNY took a more street approach to leopard prints with mannish shapes and 90’s inspired layers, but still maintaining a hyper chic colour palate of leopard print, black and camel.

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Despite A/W high polish interpretation of a rock ‘n’ roll staple, a splash of animal never fails to add racy charm to an otherwise safe look.  When I’m wearing leopard print, I can’t help but embrace my inner rebel: the devil-may-care maverick girl who only comes out to play on very special occasions.  I’m glad that my inner rebel stays in her place for the most part – I’d never get anything done if she was in the driving seat all the time.  However, it’s fun to indulge the blithely unconcerned side of my personality with a spot of leopard.

 

The beauty of this trend is that it looks equally fabulous in the summer with a tan as it does in the depths of winter with 50 denier tights and boots.  If you don’t want to go the whole beast, then leopard print accessories add edge to a simple look.  In fact, an animal print shoes mixed in with summer prints is a great way to create instant interest and flex your sartorial muscles.

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I’m in lust with this Antipodium dress – it’s ticking a whole lot of new season boxes.  The shape is classic and feminine but the cleverly juxtaposed panels of animal print draw the eye into the smallest part of the waist. It’ll look the business with tan sandals on a warm day and when it cools down I’ll wear it ankle boots and a polo neck layered underneath.

Mastering the art of shopping is often about anticipating what you’re still going to fancy wearing in six months time.  You’ll have a wardrobe full of carefully edited pieces that will go the distance.

  • Animal prints look awesome! I especially love the pic of Rihanna wearing the black ‘n’ red dress.