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The leopard print is back. Max Mara, Tom Ford, Givenchy and Michael Kors want to teach you how to conquer it

The leopard print is back. Max Mara, Tom Ford, Givenchy and Michael Kors want to teach you how to conquer it

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Text: Debby Kwong

Editor: Jolene Khor


If we told you leopard is the neutral of prints, would you believe us?

Christian Dior initiated it in the '50s, Debbie Harry popularised in the '80s and Amal Clooney makes it look so modern, we're tempted to think we can carry it off as well.

Well, according to the fall/winter 2018 runways at Max Mara, Michael Kors and Tom Ford, we can. No longer dully associated to cougar fashion or the prosaic of secretarial dressing, the new leopard prints are sporting fresh rind. Skin-tight, wildly remixed and flashing in neons, there's no room for the meek this season; the option for dipping of your toes into the watering hole with this trend is out.

For starters, there's no such thing as a bad leopard and denim combination. At the same time, settling for safe is a shame when there's so much room for the splendid. Take the slippery Tom Ford get-up seen below, swathed in slime. There's no mistaking the temperament here — colour it crazy and stick with it, all the way down to the accessories. You'll make a loyal one out of the big cat yet. Max Mara echoes this rabid uniformity as well, albeit in a palette more accustomed to the corporate backdrop. Feeling the vibe is also Dolce & Gabbana, only they let their imagination take a hold of their sketch pads, for better or worse. Michael Kors shows zero intention of taming the beast, by hijacking the spots for a tumble with florals, polka dots and strips — the other neutrals of print — to a strangely cohesive effect. The same could be said of Chayalan's metallic half-and-half, Givenchy's leather panels and Badgley Mischka's flirty feminine mystique. 

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