Wild Child
Posted by on February 29, 2012 | 4:09 pm EST

One doesn’t have to shiver in doubt by saying that no industry is more exciting than the one we’re basking in. There is always something new and exciting as designers rise and fall; commercial sales jump up and down; and models come and go through a revolving door. Although trends are just as unpredictable and volatile as the rest of the fashion world, few trends have weathered the years like the animal print has.

Whatever the season is, bits of this trend continue to appear—owed mainly to the time-bending quality it possesses that lets it get away from being boxed in a certain period or decade. For that ability alone, we think this enduring print deserves a 2012 tribute. Here, we curate the best pieces showing off this wild print that still deserves a spring outing, along with the acid yellows and tamed pastels we’re anticipating.

Giambattista Valli | Leopard-print cotton peplum top | $1,430

The sweet and sassy peplum top gets a daring makeover in this Giambattista Valli piece. For an easy day look, opt for crisp white or red hot pants. A sharp pencil skirt is in order for a sophisticated look.

Current/Elliott | The Stiletto low-rise cropped skinny jeans |$200

The thought of animal print on jeans can be a tad scary for some. This faded gray pair from Current/Elliott, however, has all the making of a roaring denim statement without being too ostentatious.

Michael Kors | Leopard-print cotton-satin shorts | $695

Michael Kors re-imagined this closet staple with imposing leopard prints. Highly versatile and super chic, this pair of shorts ups your style with such ease.

Alexander McQueen| White tiger printed silk-chiffon gown | $8,120

Alexander McQueen has challeneged strict dress codes with this white tiger-print gown that attests to the print’s sophisticated potential. The off-the-shoulder straps draping ever-so-elegantly on the shoulder paired with the sweetheart neckline softens the edgy print.

Preen Line | Sasha printed silk-satin and georgette skirt | $715

Preen Line ran away unscathed in this effort as he combined floral and animal prints onto one spring-ready skirt. Ideal for day or nighttime fashion parades, we love the slight asymmetrical hem and its unfinished appeal.

Images from Net-a-Porter

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