Leopard Spotted in L.A.

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Dolce & Gabbana  Fall 2010

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Wow.  Apologies for the long delay since my last post, but I’ve been involved in heavy, heavy litigation with various magazines, including the one above for their continued proclivity to just assume it’s OK to airbrush my body on to various model’s heads.  I’ve let it go on for what I deem to be a more than gracious amount of time, but enough is enough…you can only interpret this sort of cheeky behaviour as a compliment for so long.  I put in the hours at the gym treadmill pilates reformer Well, let’s just say, I put in a great deal of time to keep up this silhouette and I won’t have it just splashed indiscriminately across pages and billboards (and yes, several commercials…Victoria Secret bra commercial with the heavy drum beat?? Helloooo- see you in court as well)

Prada bag

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Right, now that we have that nasty business out of the way, we can focus on today’s post;

I’ve been down in L.A. the last couple of days.  Although I’m ostensibly here to shop for plumbing fixtures (and also never let it be said that I don’t know how to ring every last shred out of my birthday celebration 🙂 )  I’d like to report that the complete and utter take over of Fall Fashion 2010 by the mighty Leopard is now complete.  Talk about staying power…This print manages to maintain the mantle of ‘Chic’, ‘Trendy’ and ‘Iconic’ simultaneously. Thank the Fashion Gods I stopped myself from selling my Fendi leopard skirt and boots on Ebay last year ( albeit small consolation for their  being comatose during the ‘Hermes Belt Incident’)  I’ll also be pulling out my old YSL wide leopard print belt to wear over my coats and jackets once the cooler weather hits and searching for my leopard gloves (but not to wear with the belt, no no)  So lucky was my good friend who scored not one, but two genius leopard coats last season.  No, it has no bearing on our friendship.   Really.  I couldn’t be happier for her.

Despite leopard not necessarily being the easiest fashion choice,  even if you’re of a ‘certain age’ it’s easy to wear as an accessory.  I’m guessing you probably already have something from the big cat in your closet… if you don’t, you might want to consider at least a scarf…an enamel cuff… or perhaps one of the following;

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Tom Ford Glasses

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Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2010

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.And speaking of great Italian design…

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Do you need to see anything more than this ‘still’ from Lucino Visconti’s cinematic masterpiece “THE LEOPARD” to want to experience the newly restored version by Martin Scorsese?!

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Givenchy Men’s Spring 2011

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Object of Desire

(Sadly, the iphone case, not the model)

Leopard  iphone and ipad zippered cases in printed calf by Kendall Conrad (new store on Abbott Kinney Blvd. L.A.)

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Jennifer Anniston channels Barbra Streisand in Bazaar

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Hermes Fall 2010

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The infamous leopard carpeting of Madeleine Castaing

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Dries Van Noten Fall 2010

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photo http://www.last.fm.com

Grace Jones always did the Leopard print proud

(if I were a trendy Faerie, I’d make a house of one of those cuffs)

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Givenchy Spring 2011

Nope, still would rather have the iphone case.

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Christian Louboutin

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‘Cocoa Rocha’ (at least, from the neck up 🙂 )

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Caesare Paciotti

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MAC Lipstick shade “Brave New Bronze”

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Prada

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Still not convinced?!

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Slim Paley Photo

At least try these divine scented soaps from Nesti Dante- even if you never open them 🙂

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Photo via Apartment Therapy

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35 Comments

  1. So–My one piece for the season and forever-the Fendi leopard “Peek-a-boo” bag. My whole Fall wardrobe being built around this bag. A little goes a long way!

  2. I am a girl who loves Leopard. Truly, it goes with everything! And, I so did not need to know about that leopard iPhone case.
    One of my favorite restaurants (in Denver) is a tiny little hole in the wall called Deluxe. The decor is very simple and then BAM! Wall to wall leopard carpet just like your photo above. It is so swank and classy at the same time, and I am sure it cover stains quite well!

  3. Hello Slim,

    LOVE this post – I need those Tom Ford glasses! The Bazaar pictures are amazing but tell me that Streisand picture is of Streisand, right? That profile is unmistakable!

    Wendy

  4. Oh, I love this post! You are too funny! I’m loving all that leopard. But, moving on to a more serious matter, I read Weeds last weekend (based on your recommendation) and I have to say it was amazing! I just couldn’t get over the fact that the book was written in 1923. She expressed some of the same feelings felt by many women today – even with our dishwashers and washing machines! What a great book. Thank you, thank you for telling us about it. Now, I’m off to find something in leopard print for my wardrobe this fall…

    • Yay! I am SO pleased that you enjoyed “Weeds” Susan
      I just love when I can pass on a truly great but relatively uncelebrated book.

  5. It never gets old , does it ? Beautiful post. Thought perhaps since you are in L.A. you might pick up Tom Fords glasses, Christian Louboutin adorable purse, and those ruffley shoes. Oh yes the Prada bag, why not ? Don’t you just love Fall Fashion ?
    Well thanks for taking the time in your busy week to share these amazing photos with us. Enjoy the rest of your week ox

  6. Well, looks like Grace and I are having the same hair day! I have got to have the Blackberry tassel case! I will take anything leopard though. My favorite. Love your post as usual.
    Have a nice evening.
    Teresa

  7. I’m still laughing over this super post. Thank the gods that I saved my silk leopard pants from at least 10 years ago (and they still fit!). Unfortunately, the leopard shoes are no longer with us. Good luck with the law suit. Happy Birthday.

  8. As always I LOVE your sense of humor and attention to detail. What a wonderful selection of examples!

    A big fan of fabulous spots I personally consider leopard a neutral, and I will never let go of anything leopard, cheetah or ocelot. These spots are a good investment, as they will return every few years.

    Cheers,

    Claudia

  9. Leopard is a classic!! In NYC now and every designer is doing leopard in some form or another. I love a little “cat” in my life.

  10. Leopard, one of nature’s most alluring remarkable and stunning patterns. It has always been a regular for me, its timeless.
    The leopard bungalow is inspired!
    (Jennifer Aniston looks so extremely unlike Streisand it hurts by the way, a very audacious gesture on her part that failed miserably, most any drag queen does it better, way better!)

  11. Crack me up! Gawd-I love your humor! I’m not a cat-person (at all!) except to don a spot of leopard. It’s a neutral for me and will never be banished from my closet.

  12. Love your leopard post! Just one thing: Jennifer Aniston can’t begin to “channel” Barbra Streisand!
    I subscribe to Harper’s Bazaar and was disappointed with the photos. Frankly, I, like most others have had enough of Jennifer Aniston. Let’s move on please!! Again, love your recent post and comments!

  13. Meow!! Have always loved it, and always will. Now that it’s “in” maybe my friends will stop giving me crap about my leopard stair runner…and my little leopard chandelier shades…and my leopard bench cushion. Not in all the same room, of course! I do love me some leopard! Thanks for the inspiration to add a little more to my wardrobe…as if I needed inspiration. Great post!

    • ditto to my lamp, chair and various other touches of leopard I’ve had around my home for years…never get tired of it!

  14. Leopard never goes out of style….so I don’t understand why they tout it as “in” every other year? I adore it with red…..and just touches. Boots OR a belt OR a handbag OR…..It can go
    cheap really easy if you have too much on. Not that I’m telling you anything new, I just want
    to shout at the girls who are trying too hard with too many pieces on at once. You’ve seen
    them….
    Okay, enough of my know it all-ness.
    Isn’t it fun for birthDAY celebrations to extend into the entire month?
    The older I get, the longer we celebrate…..and why the hell not?
    Hope you’re having a great time, dear Virgo. xoxo

  15. now you know how i feel when they constantly plaster my head on Angelina Jolie’s body in her photo shoots…so frustrating

    fab post!

  16. Dear Slim,
    Purrrrr. Absolutely beautiful.
    I have my new leopard Prada handbag(different than the one you have pictured) squirreled in the back of my closet until JUST the right time to show my husband, such as after several martinis! But it has to be in the next week so I can take it when we head to LA for a few days. He has business and I have shopping! Since it has been WAY too long since we have been there, would you give me one suggestion for dinner where my bag;oh, I mean, my husband; and I might get a reservation?

  17. Love the jumpsuit with the cat sleeves but I think I’ll spring for the MAC lipstick. I would have eaten the soap – thought they were biscuits!

  18. I love it all, but Kendall’s Iphone/pod/BB case jumped out at me, and wouldn’t you know my computer just ran off on it’s own and ordered it. Nothing one can do with an out of control computer.

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