Though omnipresent in womenswear, animal prints are rarely spotted in the menswear realm; but as the sartorial landscape continues to be redrawn over and again, the AW19 shows served up a veritable menagerie of safari-inspired motifs.
In Paris, Celine channelled Keith Richards with a series of shaggy overcoats worn over precise tailoring and leather trousers; while Dior opted for leopard, zebra and tiger printed on to leather, knitted in intarsia and spun into extra-long scarves. In Milan, MSGM showed that while a leopard can't change its spots, a designer can explode them on to a streetwear-inspired canvas of cobalt blue and fire-hydrant red alternately. Nearby, Versace, a house rarely accused of playing it safe, offered the most striking use of animal print, sending down the catwalk a leopard-haired model draped in a coordinating coat, worn with Beetlejuice trousers and a Ford-logo shirt.
Is all of this to say that animal print has shed its garish skin? In some cases, yes, with subdued colourways making them more akin to camouflage. In others the answer is unashamedly no, with the strength of such pieces lying in their ballsy, unapologetic nature. Here, we present three of the season's best pieces, from elegant to outré.