Earlier this year – the buyers at Net-a-porter decided they wanted a clean slate – and remove the spots! Unfortunately for them, everyone else in the world didn’t feel the same way. Their clean slate didn’t last that long as Ms. Rogers and her team began to attend shows and visit designers’ showrooms to see the fall collections.
“When Burberry does leopard, you can’t ignore it.” – So they didn’t.
Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, said that leopard as a style statement dates back to 17th-century French aristocrats. Christian Dior included leopard-print looks in his famed 1947 “New Look” collection. Yves Saint Laurent used the provocative print in the ’80s; in the ’90s, Dolce & Gabbana practically adopted the animal as its mascot.
“When you look at images of women who wore it, they were these great movie stars with a lot of mystique.”
Ms. Fargo said of leopard’s deeply rooted appeal. Still, high glamour is only one role that leopard plays. It’s the Meryl Streep of trends. It can suit a rock chick’s rebellion; it can be hippie, high-end or hip-hop. Small wonder these spots stubbornly refuse to fade.