As in so many other things, women are over the horizon compared to men when it comes to leopard print.
Former American Vogue oracle Diana Vreeland said “I’ve never met a leopard print I didn’t like.” Fashion buffet Sharon Stone once said she considered it a neutral. It’s certainly a frequent. Every item of clothing, bedding, china and things to ornament a phone have at some point been available in leopard. For women.
But for men who’d like to include a little endangered species in their colour palette? Only Fred Flintstone has enjoyed any sort of brand consistency.
This morning’s Independent, though, brings news of an imminent leopard moment “for lads.”
Apparently the “trick” is to focus on “one piece at a time”, in case you were thinking of going full coverage, although the stylists at McQueen, one of the brands most excited by the prospect of print, are having none of that “if you’re not sure, start with a sock” bullshit…
A quick sweep of the internet will expose to you the first tentative testings of the leopard-for-men water, which include plenty of high street offerings, such as this fine £40 piece from Topman…
…to activities in the thin air close to the very peak of Mount Fashion, where survival comes at a high, high price, and only those with a true determination to get rid of as much money as possible are allowed beyond base camp. That’s where you need equipment such as the “3cm Reversible Zebra and Leopard Print Calf Hair Belt”, as longingly observed coiled like a creature which knows it has no predators, on the always excellent Mr Porter, at £1,285. As they nearly used to say about Opal Fruits in the old days, “Made to make your eyes water.”