Trend evolution: Leopards never change their spots


During my time studying fashion at University, I based a collection around leopard print and punk. Lots of black and red fabrics and safety pins a la 1980’s glam rock featured, and it’s safe to say my style hasn’t really changed much since then (although, far less safety pins are involved today)!

Minor style evolutions aside, I always have and always will be a fan of leopard print. Back in the Boho days, it was leopard print leggings  – brought out specially for Isle of Wight festival. As the autumn set in, they were replaced by a thick, Pat Butcher-esque leopard print coat, and a silk shirt in the same print, too. (The latter has become a wardrobe staple – coincidentally, I’m wearing it as I type).

Leopard print’s versatility means it can evolve to suit whatever the current trend and, right now, the high street is all about leopard print 80’s style. Think big shoulder pads, clashing prints and lots of flashes of colour.  As the summer draws to a close, watch people begin to hang up their florals and trade them in for leopard print – it’s waiting to become the pattern-of-choice for A/W 18.

Early indications from WGSN show leopard print has increased by five times YOY to hold 4.3% of printed apparel, and designers are continuing to push its success. New York’s Tom Ford and London-based designer Michael Halpern showcased leopard print glamour for their respective A/W 18/19 fashion week shows.

High street stores have quickly followed suit, providing their own adaptation of the glamorous 80’s party trend in their most recent collections.

Could this mean the end of the long-reigning 90’s and 00’s trends and, instead, signal an 80’s revival? Let’s hope so, as I’ve got a basket full of gems that are about to expire!

What more leopard print trend information? Read our leopard trend alert here.

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