Today we turn an eye to that most underacknowledged of the neutrals: leopard print. A favorite of Slimane in his reign at Saint Laurent (it’s turned up in some form or another at every one of his women’s shows), it can be channeled to effects from demimonde bad girl to society dame. It’s little wonder these spots have been a favorite of costume designers since time immemorial. For wardrobe (and holiday watching) inspo, here are some of our favorite on-screen spots.
A wildcat of another spot? Fashion set favorite The Leopard (1963). What it lacks in actual leopard, it more than makes up for in Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale.
Anne Bancroft’s overcoat isn’t her only animal print ensemble in The Graduate (1967). Chances are a good many of you remember her underthings in one of the film’s most infamous scenes.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder may be best known for his work behind the camera, but also notable is his turn as a boozed-up, leopard-loving police lieutenant in the West German dystopian flick Kamikaze 1989.
As the titular girl in Party Girl (1995), Parker Posey sports her spots with granny spectacles.
Few leading ladies do more-as-more to such powerful effect as Patricia Arquette in Tony Scott’s True Romance (1993). Push-up bra, crimson halter dress, and leopard topper? Why not.
Kim Novak as a comely witch living in Greenwich Village with designs on James Stewart–there’s nothing not to like about the premise of Bell, Book, and Candle (1959).
—Kristin Anderson, Style.com