The relationship between Dolce&Gabbana and leopard print is a long standing one. The design duo have imbued their signature leopard on dresses, accessories and for SS12 even a limited edition bicycle.
Dolce&Gabbana have taken leopard print and made it their own. Amongst the most recognizable brands which use leopard print as a stylistic image, Dolce&Gabbana are undoubtedly the strongest. Their adoption of the print, linked to their Sicilian heritage is a clear message which cannot be missed or fail to be loved.
When it comes to accessories, the Dolce&Gabbana leopard print comes in all shapes, sizes and materials. Animalier is an important pattern for the brand, and us roaring fans may always carry a bit of leopard print wherever we go. From wallets to technology cases, totes to high heel sandals, and scarves, leopard print is everywhere.
The Dolce&Gabbana iconic shapes have all been declined in leopard print versions, the Dolce Bag, the Miss Sicily, the Miss Charles as well as a plethora of ballerinas like the Miley or pumps such as the Alexa and the Lily.
Leopard print is imbued on a range of materials. The most classic incarnation is on the “crespo”, leather coated in fabric and PVC, which makes it deliciously textured and resistant. Leopard print is also reserved for higher end materials such as pony skin, for a truly animalistic feel, and python, for an apt contrast.
Leopard print works with almost any outfit, from the sexiest bodycon dress to masculine tailoring. In keeping with Dolce&Gabbana’s DNA, leopard print lends a hint of wilderness, of character to any look, as well as an element of irony, all important and recognizable elements of the design house.
For SS12 Dolce&Gabbana have launched their first bicycle which of course couldn’t be anything but leopard print. The hand finished bike is a representation Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s love for a healthy lifestyle and the open air. The classic inspired lines recall vintage bikes popular on Italian streets, while the hand finishing and details such as the plaques represent the handicraft heritage of the country. The particular handlebars and breaks are made in the same way as 50s bikes. The bicycle is for sale in selected Dolce&Gabbana stores worldwide: Milan, Florence, Rome, London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Munich, Berlin, Tokyo, Osaka, Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai.
Styled by: Yuri Ahn
Written by: Valentina Zannoni