This week I've been feeling super excited about the leopard and its amazing print.
When God, mother nature, Adam and Eve or who/ whatever created the leopard, I wonder, did they have any idea that they were creating a timeless fashion staple to be saluted by all style savvy fashionistas? What it is that draws myself and so many to love this beautiful pattern, is it just the texture and colour of the skin or are we all drawn to something more? Do we, as a human race, have a deeper yearning to be connected to our animal friends with whom which we share this planet with? Is there something about the leopards nature that’s drawing us into an all time love affair with this animal and if so what is it all about? Here are my thoughts….
Whilst being an animal we are fascinated by in the modern world, she has also played an extensive role within our myths and legends. The leopard ruled by the side of kings and queens within ancient history and she is highly regarded by many cultures and tribes. In ancient and modern Egypt the Leopard is seen as a sign of divinity. If a Leopard crossed ones path in ancient Egypt, that person was thought to possess the highest of spiritual and holy qualities and their advice was sought by spiritual and political leaders. The Chinese have long regarded the Leopard as a great and mighty warrior. In Africa the natives believe that they are animal guides for the spirits of the dead, to help them to find their final resting place. My inquisitive nature tells me there must be more to our fascination of wearing leopard, I’m certain that we have an unconscious desire to connect with the spirit of this animal.
No one can deny that when you wear something leopard print, all of a sudden your inner sass comes out to play you feel hot, you feel powerful yet you feel feminine at the same time. Let's face it; leopard print is the ultimate sexy, it’s sleek and understated yet speaks a whole lot more.
You can throw a leopard print in with pretty much anything and it works. Mix it with lace, miss matched prints and you're leaning close to a look which Dolce and Gabbana would create. Mix her with a cashmere tan coat and you're looking sleek and smart like Victoria Beckham. There are no rules with leopard apart from it works. It’s always in season, it's always hot and YOU need some in your wardrobe, enough said.
Why though is this beauty so timeless. Well, the print has been worn by everyone from royalty to rock stars, leopard print has been both valued as luxurious and sophisticated and dismissed as kitschy and trashy. This pattern has gone from high-fashion to low-class and back again over the years. It first became fashionable in the 1920s when skins were used to make coats and bags. Then, with the mass production of fashion, the market soon began replicating this print for everything, popularised by the Hollywood glamour era in the 1930s and worn by movie stars like Joan Crawford. Christian Dior helped by using the print in his new look and would say, 'if your fair and sweet don't wear it'. In the 1950s and 60s the leopard reached its peak, it was every wife's desire to own a leopard skin coat. However this was soon to crash in the 1960s with the anti-fur movement and everything leopard became cheap and trashy. However like most fashions the leopard had a revival in the 1970s and 80’s and she soon became an example of rock chic when people like Debbie Harry and Grace Jones began to wear it. Since fashion has appeared everywhere from soap operas to couture collections. Rather like its original habitat in the natural world, designed to blend in rather than stand out, its blotches and patterns meant to hide and camouflage in the flora and natural environment. The leopard print has adopted a similar nature in our wardrobes becoming a fashion stable along with black white and beige blending in with any outfit combination.
What of the nature of the leopard, she is fierce, she is a vicious animal, a predator that lives in the southern parts of our planet. She has unlimited amounts of power, her body is strong and slinky, she looses nothing, there is little that can defeat her. She has the strength to dig deep and connect to an innate amount of power pushing through whilst still maintaining elegance and grace. She has spirit like nothing else, she is a savage beauty. If ever there was a cat we could learn from, she is it. If she could talk I wonder what she would say? This is what I think she would say;
Often in life there are challenges that if we learn to never give up we can achieve endless possibilities.
Dig deep and find your fierce savage power, don't let it be tamed down by your fear, if you do this you may die, she would literally die in the wild, whilst for humans it’s our personal dreams which can die.
Beauty doesn't only have to be tame and well behaved, it can be wayward and wild so make your own rules, walk your own path find your own way as I do.
To be a predator and direct with what you want isn't unattractive, it doesn't have to appear vulgar and forceful, you can still be feminine and have these traits. Clarity of what you desire only enhances a clearer path towards your dreams.
So I say this, go fetch your leopard print, wear her with pride, connect to her incredibleness, wear her with honour and the respect that she deserves. Let her help you feel sleek, slinky and full of savage power enabling you to achieve all that you wish for…..the perfect marriage or dream job, go achieve your dreams with her. Wiggle with joy when you win your prey. Just remember that the energy of the leopard helped you, send her blessings, pray that she may be protected, loved and nurtured. We all know the world we live in isn't always a safe place, especially for our nature kingdom and all our prayers count.
Daisy Jubilee x