A leopard never changes its spots. And for Autumn/Winter 2019, the animal print trend is back again... with a slightly different feel. In a veritable safari of styles, this season's animal print is all about mix and match, with spots and stripes coming together in unbridled harmony. That's right, no longer the only animal at the party, the leopard is in good company as we approach the end of the year. With zebra, tiger, lizard and snake prints, it’s quite the stampede, charging into style-savvy wardrobes for a truly savage look.
From Altuzarra to Celine, Gucci to Saint Laurent, Paco Rabanne to Mary Katrantzou, and more, designers the world over have succumbed to the call of the wild this season. And rather than choosing a single animal icon, this time it's all about accumulation. The zebra joins forces with the leopard, and the scales of the python meet those of the caiman in a joyous cacophony of styles for fun and flamboyant looks. Sophisticated, sexy, trendy or extravagant, all looks were represented on the catwalks of Fashion Week. For daywear, the delicacy of Blumarine and Max Mara’s confident (but always chic) character were a hit. For the evenings, Paco Rabanne sprinkles glitter on zebra, while Hedi Slimane injects some golden magic into the spots of his leopard
It is, nevertheless, as an accessory that this distinctive print reveals its full potential. With legendary leopard at Aquazzura, Loeffler Randall and Golden Goose, understated or colourful snake prints at See by Chloé, Giuseppe Zanotti and Alexander Wang, zebra chic at Loeffler Randall, Versace and Off-White, and sophisticated lizard at Little Liffner and Hunting Season, exotic skin is everywhere this autumn. And for next-level cool, try contrasting the different motifs for a style that really stands out.