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Cult of the Fashion Casualty: Style safari

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Sidewalk Safari
Illustration by Rob Jameson (see more of his work here).

[Sidenote: must be read in best David Attenborough voice}

Now this particular pack come in all shapes and sizes. They thrive throughout the year and have adapted, seemingly better than any other, to their urban environment. Far from using their print to camouflage themselves, these individuals want to stand out. In the last season they have appeared stronger than ever, seen across the globe predominantly in New York, London, Milan, and Paris, places they haven't frequented in large numbers for several years. They're known as the leopard lovers.

It's not hard to distinguish a member of this tribe, as even when the print is not in season you will find a strong survival rate carried forward by the most devoted members of the group. Leopard lovers are the brave, the loud, the brash, and some would argue, the trash of the sidewalk safari. Be they old or young, street or rocker, coated head to toe, or subtly suggestive, the print is used by each member to accentuate their own personal style. Flattering to all, it's hardly surprising pack numbers appear to be growing year on year.

The age old saying goes that a leopard never changes his spots, but for the leopard lover this couldn't be further from the truth. Their print is worn in a variety of colours and sizes and often mismatched with other patterns. In fact, the group's love of mixing it up has been key to their survival reviving their identity year on year. Seasonal deviations spotted on the high street this Winter include glittering spots, worn by a sub species referred to as the fancier feline.

It is well known that leopard lovers adore socialising and dominate a number of territories. Thriving in any environment you will just as easily spot them stalking through Trinity as you will in vintage shops such as POP boutique, which offer them exclusive pieces to add to their collection. Pack members are in fact as likely to be found in the Grand Theatre enjoying a Sunday matinee, as they are across the road in Chicken Cottage grabbing a bite to eat. The leopard lovers know no boundaries and this is why they remain on top of the food chain.

Other prints have come and gone, and challenges have been made, but the leopard remains unthreatened. It is likely with alpha females including East End resident, Pat Butcher, that this pack's print will prosper for many years to come. It is known as the CATwalk after all.