Outfits | Walk on the Wild Side

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IMG_8174Wearing Mimco Infinite Pi Pump, Witchery Ring Snakey,  Kookai zig zag ring.

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Misguided Gaba Leopard Print Jumper

ELAB-WO1_V6Elliott Label Biker Couture jacket, available at Revolve Clothing

12793719Dr Jays Skinny Jean Pant

4890_28181_32273Witchery Ring Snakey

12-50360888-v1-zmLovisa Enamel and Gold Ring Set

12-50320455-v1-zmLovisa Diamond Solitaire Ring

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Staples | Leopard Print Shirt

Leopard is a print that struts down the catwalk season after season. The magazines try to sell it to us as a trend, but I think we can all agree it’s a staple!

Pictured: Gene Tierney in the 1940’s

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In 1925, American film actress Marian Nixon created quite a sensation in the fashion world by matching her new fur coat with her pet. She was seen parading a pet leopard on a leash down Hollywood Boulevard.

Christian Dior’s muse, Mitzah Bricard, was fascinated by leopard print. Dior was the first to use leopard as a print (and not fur) in his 1947 spring-summer collection. Leopard print represented the post-war return to glam and provided a welcome reprieve from fabric rationing after World War II.

Pictured: Mitzah Bricard

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Wearing leopard print was synonymous with great sophistication and elegance. No woman’s ensemble was complete without a touch of leopard. Iconic screen sirens like Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot and Barbra Streisand firmly linked leopard print to luxury as they wore it through the next few decades.

Pictured: Barbra Streisand in the 1960’s

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Italian designer Roberto Cavalli first came onto the fashion scene in the 1970’s and has used leopard print in every collection which has brought him great success.

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The wild side of animal print appeared in the mid-1970′s. The Punk Rock movement saw leopard print worn with ripped denim and motorcycle jackets. Rebellious music paired with the wild print created an illusion of being sexy and dangerous.

Pictured: Blondie

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The 80’s brought leopard print back into glamour mode, worn with diamonds, fur and sequins. This decade of fashion lacked much ‘sophistication’ but leopard print was a symbol of wealth and style.

Pictured: Joan Collins in Dynasty

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In the 1990’s leopard print took a fatal turn to trash-town. The print’s rebellious sexiness of the 70’s was mashed with its over-the-top glamour of the 80’s, which resulted in leopard print becoming a symbol of overt sexuality. Characters in TV and film wore leopard print to convey their ‘sexiness’, pop stars turned to leopard print to establish their ‘sex status’.

Pictured: Christina Aguilera

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Pictured: Fran Drescher in The Nanny

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Since the late 2000’s we have seen leopard print regain its allure and today the print stands for sex, sophistication and luxury in equal parts.

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I love leopard print on anything and everything: shoes, bags, skirts, pants, jackets, scarves…anything! However a classic leopard print shirt is something I believe every gal should have in her closet.

This one by Equipment is my favourite:

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A leopard print shirt can be dressed up or down, worn with boyfriend jeans or a pencil skirt. The options are endless as leopard print is made up of neutral colours and so is a neutral itself.

Here is some styling inspiration.

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Envy | Olivia Palermo

If you’ve ever watched the reality TV show ‘The City’, you will know why Olivia Palermo is loathed for her personality as much as she is loved for her fashion style.

The 27 year old socialite has worked in the PR team at DVF and the fashion team at Elle magazine, as well as modelled alongside her devilishly handsome boyfriend, Johannes Huebl. She lives in a gorgeous apartment in Brooklyn, owns an enviable wardrobe and now runs her own blog.  Safe to safe any gal would be jealous!

Here are some of my favourite looks from the most stylish slashy (TV star/model/blogger) of them all!

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Lusts | Windsor Smith Diana Loafer

Last year I spotted Olivia Palermo wearing leopard print smoking loafers paired with green shorts. It looked hot. I’ve wanted a pair ever since that moment, and so did other celebrities (evidently).

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So you can imagine my joy when I spotted a pair in the window of Windsor Smith. I snapped up ‘Diana’ for $129.95, paired with my green Bettina’s and voila! I have my own Aussie version of Miss Palermo’s outfit.

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