Monday, February 18, 2013

Leopard Luxury

The leopard print adds an air of exotic glamour and sophistication.  It's synonymous with wealth and luxury. Thought to be one of the first materials used for clothing, animal hides have been traced back to the time of the cavemen.  Throughout history, animal prints have been considered a sign of status.

Hollywood stars have long embraced the leopard print and helped set the trend for mainstream fashion.

Carol Lombard
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Barbara Stanwyck
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Irene Dunne
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Joan Crawford, a repainted "Pin-Up" Gene Marshall (artist unknown), pairs leopard accessories with a  rich jewel-tone dress from D.A.E. Originals.  Hat, purse, and shoes from Fashion Boulevard, black scarf from Robert Tonner's "Cashmere Noir" Tyler Wentworth fashion, gloves from Ashton Drake, bracelet from Facets by Marcia, and belt from The Couture Touch.

Moss Rose Ivy Jordan
Monolithic Studio's director, Miss Ivy Jordan, shows you can mix your leopard with other patterns as long as the color tones are in the same family.  An OOAK leopard trimmed hat from The Couture Touch is paired with the plaid jacket and embroidered gloves from Ashton Drake's "Star Wardrobe Collection".  Lace blouse from "Blonde Lace", fur muff from "Dark Desire".

"Fascination" Violet Waters
Jazz singer, Miss Violet Waters, pulls together a fabulous Forties-style suit ensemble beginning with the leopard-trimmed jacket with matching gloves from D.A.E. Originals' "Business Call".  Additional pieces include the pinstriped shirt with attached tie (trimmed) from Robert Tonner's Brenda Starr Collection, pleated skirt from Ashton Drake's "Doing Her Part", hat from "Smart Set", and fur muff from "Dark Desire".  OOAK beaded earrings from The Couture Touch.

Source:  Animal Print, The Call of the Classic by Susanne Kathol exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads

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