Timelessness is something that all designers strive for in fashion, the ability for something to live forever and never lose its coolness. The ultimate timeless trend has to be animal print.
From fashion heavyweights like Tom Ford and Victoria Beckham to the new kids on the scene like Area NYC, animal print has been all over the runways throughout fashion week predicting it as a big trend for A/W19.
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Top 8 Celebrity Animal Print Looks
Here’s our Beyond Retro guide to the ultimate animal-print-wearing icons for some serious style inspo!
Queen of the catwalk and the fiercest of them all, Naomi Campbell, took to the runway at Azzedine Alaia adorned in head to toe leopard and captured the press’ attention in this risque look. This look is not for the faint-hearted but it definitely packs a punch. Go all out and pair leopard print with a matching leopard print coat for an effortlessly bold daytime look.
Andy Warhol muse and Girl of the Year 1965, Edie Sedgwick, styled out leopard print in a timeless manner whilst on the set of Warhol film, Ciao! Manhattan. Posing on the streets of New York, wrapped in a leopard trapeze coat with cap and goggles, Sedgwick has provided us with style inspo for decades to come. Whilst you might not brave the winter weather with bare legs, throw a faux-fur coat over the top of opaque tights and a PVC skirt for an easy, sixties-inspired outfit.
A living fashion icon, always looking fresh out the runway, Rihanna is never one to shy away from a bold, statement look. Snake print is easy to incorporate into outfits if you prefer a more neutral colour palette, but can also play a bigger part of your look if you dare to go head-to-toe like Riri.
Leather and leopard- a match made in heaven. True supermodel, Claudia Schiffer, was styled in this magic pairing for an issue of Vogue in 1992. The simplicity of this styling is also the key to its decade-transcending relevance. Peruse our selection of vintage leather jackets and leopard print pieces to find your new go-to winter look.
Basic outfits? That don’t impress me much. This head-to-toe, animal print fashion moment is sure to make you want to recreate one of the sassiest struts of the ’90s. Shania Twain's’ gloved look from the 1997 music video for That Don’t Impress Me Much is over-the-top and totally to die for. Even if this combination doesn’t fit your daily style, it’s one to file in the Halloween-costume inspo folder for next year.
Charli is never one to shy away from something eye-catching and this yellow, tiger-print number gives us ultimate party vibes. This Y2K queen shows us how to make an entrance, pairing the bodysuit combo with barely-there heels and a statement Vivienne Westwood clutch. This look is simple yet effective and also provides a subtle 80’s feel, perfect for any party, festival or night out. Easy to recreate, this look involves minimal effort for maximum impact- just grab your favourite pair of heels and go.
A bonafide style icon, no one pulls off animal print like Debbie Harry. Whether she’s in skimpy leotards or oversized blazers her style transcends rules - a true badass, a true hero. This leopard print number brings together sex appeal and fierce ‘don’t mess with me’ vibes. This look is simple and would be perfect topped off with a pair of Dr Martens and statement belt.
This list wouldn’t be complete without paying homage to a woman who spent the most of the ’90s in animal print outfits. Mel B became a role model to many for her strong-willed, feminist energy and her cheetah-based looks. Never one to shy away from being bold, her corset and mini-skirt combo from the ‘Say You’ll Be There’ video gives us ultimate party-look inspiration. Find the perfect lingerie inspired animal-print piece and pair it with one of our expertly picked mini-skirts for a going out look with extra girl power.
Unusual Style Icons
Now, if you can't miss an episode of the latest TV soap then you'll be aware of the ultimate style icons from The Rovers to the Queen Vic. It's a less classy look in comparison with our favourite celebrity, but how could we forget the icons of Walford Square; Pat Butcher (RIP), Kat Slater, and would there even be leopard print without Bet Lynch?
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