Leopard print for your wardrobe and your home

Who’d have thought a tiny slip of silk covered in leopard print could have caused such a fuss, but hey, that’s Instagram for you. Fashion label Realisation Par’s Naomi skirt has literally been worn by EVERY blogger, man and his dog (okay maybe not the latter two). It has sold out about five times over. 

Alongside this ‘It’ item, leopard print is snowballing into more than just a fleeting trend. It’s the print everyone is after this summer and it was all over the AW18 catwalks too.

But what I find especially interesting is that the print is also creeping into interiors at the same time, with people (see Pandora Sykes’ home or Luke Edward Halls’ eccentric interiors) being brave enough to flex their maximalist muscles.

For that, you can thank Madeleine Castaing, the grand dame of French interior design. Famed for her eclectically decorated Maison de Lèves – a house she bought as a ruin in 1924 and restored – she artfully mixed neoclassicism, animal print, dashes of blue and green colours and antiques. Her influence, though arguably not seen in many cul-de-sacs across little England, can still be felt today. Read more about that here.

The trick to making a roaring success of leopard (I am sorry) for both your wardrobe and home is the styling.

For home:
– Antique pieces temper the potential tackiness of leopard. Steer clear of  ’50s / ’60s retro when styling this.
– I love the idea of covering a chair with Pierre Frey’s fabrics or being brave enough to try out some wallpaper from House of Hackney and then mixing with lots of chintz for example.
– Take a leaf out of Madeleine’s book and pair leopard print with cool tones like slate blue or sage green.
– You need stuff – books, trinkets, great vintage lamps, lots of paintings – they all help to make the space feel eclectic.

Your wardrobe:
– Clash your leopard with stripes, check and tweed.
– Be careful with not buying super cheap fabrics. Realisation Par’s 100% silk lends a luxury feel to the print, 100% polyester might not give the desired affect. In fact I can guarantee it doesn’t. We won’t mention my hastily purchased cheap as chips leopard camisole that was returned as quickly as it was sent LOL.
– If in doubt dress down. A leopard shirt with denim or a slip dress with a white t-shirt and trainers.

Anyone bold enough to wallpaper a room in leopard print be sure to send me photo.

Above image: Victoria Beckham AW18 coat . Interior by Madeleine Castaing

Jean Cocteau’s house by Madeleine Castaing
Realisation Par Naomi skirt, $180

Interior by Madeleine Castaing
House of Hackney Wild Card Wallpaper, £85 a roll

Home of Jean Cocteau
Olivia von Halle Pyjama set, £380 . Ganni skirt, £210 . Yolke slip dress, £160

The Madeleine Castaing suite at Hotel Saint James in Paris

Pierre Frey Jungle Noir fabric

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Rachel Griffiths

This is a fab blog! Kids and loving “roaring success”! Will be breaking out my 30
Year old fake leopard fur coat this winter. Grrr.