Leopard Accents

Leopard Accents
Thursday, October, 01, 2009 Every season, there are a handful of prints on the prowl, but for autumn, trendsetters are pouncing on one in particular: leopard. While animal-influenced patterns are nothing new-after all, everyone from Carole Lombard to Kate Moss has worn the classic spots-we're quite enamored with the way modern style-stars are working them into their wardrobes.

Though many of the fall runways showed super-bold or head-to-toe leopard looks (see Blumarine for example), we like the way fashion frontrunners are only wearing a single accent piece. Sometimes that item is emphatic and makes the whole outfit, such as the vintage leopard-print dress Agyness Deyn wore while attending the Alexander Wang after-party a few weeks ago. The newly raven-haired model wore the frock unbuttoned over a distressed white t-shirt and black pants, and further tempered the eye-catching print by wearing a cropped moto jacket over everything. By sticking to black and white everywhere else, she both spotlights and tones down the leopard and modernizes it. While Deyn's exact piece is difficult to duplicate, we think you could achieve a similar vibe by adding Yarnz's Leopard Scarf ($165) to an otherwise neutral outfit.

Of course, not everyone will be in the mood to commit to such a large accent, but that doesn't mean you can't try the trend! Instead, you can take a cue from Misha Barton who worked today's topic into her outfit subtly. Instead of reaching for a blouse or body-con dress, the actress instead chose What Goes Around Comes Around's Vintage Leather Moto Jacket ($598) with leopard accents at the collar for a night out during New York Fashion Week. Barton found her one-of-a-kind piece at the amazing Manhattan outpost of What Goes Around Comes Around, which gives us hope that we'll find a similar style at our local vintage boutiques.

But perhaps the easiest-and best-way to wear leopard accents is via accessories, à la Rihanna and former GOTM Caroline Sieber. The always fashion-forward songstress pushed the directional envelope just a few days ago when she was spotted at the airport in Berlin wearing a gray bold-shoulder Marc Jacobs Sweatshirt Dress icon ($1100) and a cute pair of Christian Louboutin Miss Clichy Boots ($1375). Stylist Caroline Sieber also opted for a hint of the print recently when she carried Roger Vivier's Heart Attack Bag ($1595, 310.550.5900) in Pony to a cocktail party during New York Fashion Week. We love the way the bag pops against her Louis Vuitton Bow Knit Top ($1048, 866.884.8866) and Contrast Layers Skirt ($2247, 866.884.8866); it brings a hint of savage chic to her feminine outfit. If you'd like a few accessories in the animal print, we have suggestions. Shoe-wise, you might like Betsey Johnson's Carlos Booties ($200), or you can try Rachel Comey's Medium Buckle Belt ($265) or J.Crew's Skinny Cheetah Calf-Hair Belt ($55) for a touch of leopard in your look. (Yes, the latter is technically not leopard, but it's close and cute!) Also check out Urban Outfitters' Leopard Risky Business ($14), which are totally darling and bebe's Veronica Platform Pumps ($149) for some additional budget-friendly additions.


On A Side Note
As you might have heard, we're in Chicago! The amazing Cynthia Rowley is graciously hosting a book-signing event for us TONIGHT at her Bucktown boutique and we promise it will be much fun. Bring your copy of Who What Wear: Celebrity and Runway Style for Real Life or pick up one at the store, either way, we hope you come by and say hello!

Chicago Book Signing
Thursday, October 1st from 6-8 p.m.
Cynthia Rowley
1653 North Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
773.276.9209

Photo of Agyness Deyn, Getty; Photo of Mischa Barton, Splash; Photo of Rihanna, WENN.
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