Cat House

Fall 2021 Trend


Lions and Tigers and Jaguars, oh my! Bears are out, and Big Cats are in this season, with leopard prints and tiger stripes taking over the runway. From Max Mara to Moschino to Louis Vuitton, animal prints can be found in every conceivable construction with an emphasis on novelty treatments and finishes.

Nearly all the major fashion houses have toe-dipped into the trend this season. Tom Ford reinvents the classic leopard print through the use of silver metallics, while Dolce & Gabbana injects the look with electric brights such as fire-engine red and cadmium yellow (and even adds threads of shimmering iridescence!). Dior keeps it classy by toning down the contrast levels, and shrinking the pattern motif to a scale that is a little less attention-grabbing. Conversely, Roberto Cavalli blows up the animal prints to monumental proportions, mixing and matching with swaths of black to let the eye rest before another catty cut appears; there are even a few looks featuring roaring faces of giant felines.

The resurgence of these predatory prints may be tied to the collective consciousness, because people have been cooped up for over a year due to the pandemic, and therefore have a longing to go out on the prowl. Animal prints also provide a primal link to our animal brethren, reminding us that nature deserves our protection and should not be taken for granted. The key to success in terms of designing for this trend would be to think outside the box; each designer finds their own way to re-visit the Jersey-girl staple with fresh eyes to create something innovative and new. Whether loud and proud or subtly upscale, these motifs are unquestionable in their assertiveness…so seize your cat power, and rock some leopard print today.

Dolce & Gabbana