Might not exactly be a secret but we couldn't resist to ask a question that has been hauting the archives forever: why do designers Dolce and Gabbana love leopard? Or why do women love leopard? It's a mystery but we have been collecting fashion files to document it.
Every woman needs a leopard piece in her wardrobe. The scale of passion goes
from a slight fascination to an overblown leopard effect. Of course the direct
answer could be: well it's wild. Everyone likes to have a wild side. Even bon
ton preppy ladies that like to wear pearls around their necks. Sometimes fashion
is the simple answer to an easy question. A black dress for cocktails (or for
curvy days) and leopard print for "sauvage" moments.
Still it's a mystery. Not the print: the obsession. Leopard everywhere, a hymn to leopard, leopard inside, outside, on clothes, on chairs, on helmets. Leopard over the years at Dolce&Gabbana: a keepsake.
Feline cruelty and adoration, a message to the audience: beware. A woman's desire to prevail, seduce, be extremely feminine and assertive.
We couldn't help but dig into it and unsolve the mystery. Who better than the designers, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, could give us the answer?
"Domenico's mother always wore black but at times she would mix it with a print shirt: leopard print. It was the actual inspiration but we were also enamoured with Yves Saint-Laurent when he was alive and he used leopard a lot."
On leopard love:
"There isn't a particular reason. We fell in love with leopard and we still love it. You can't explain love. We can't."
On women who like leopard:
"It''s a bit of a mystery. Women like leopard on everything: jackets, pants, shirts, tank tops, underwear. Leopard can either look vulgar or very refined, it depends how you wear it. It's a risk, there is a fine line between being vulgar and stylish, maybe this makes women feel sexy and beautiful? Who knows..."
See for your eyes, starting FW91-92: Leopard Glory
Top Models on the curve taking leopard to bold levels of seductiveness.
Signature corsetry shakes hands with leopard: it's a match made in heaven.
Isabella Rossellini, Kate Moss, leopard takes over style from every corner: refined, edgy, fun, daring, and ultimately classic.
Mix and Match: Dolce&Gabbana's fashion legacy. Leopard mixes with lace and macramé, sheer fabrics, and different fashion items.
Leopard is and remains a fashion icon: one you can only dare to watch. Maybe as the designers point out: because it's a real fashion task to wear it properly.
A symbol of glamour and lifestyle: from Vogue to Naomi Campbell, everyone celebrates.
Think of one fashion issue without leopard: still thinking?
Styled by Yuri Ahn
Text by Acelya Yonac
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