Cat Scratch Fever

The leopard loving lass is a special kinda gal. She can be a sweet kitty cat, but get on her bad side and she'll scratch you.

I've been a leopard print fan since I was a kid. My nana had a super-comfy animal print couch and I loved lounging on it and pretending I was a movie star.

When I got older, animal-spotted thrift store finds fit perfectly into my fledging attempts at punk style. I still wear the tattered '60's-era coat I scored decades ago, and I've yet to find a more purrrfectly proportioned cat print.

Alas, new leopard prints rarely come close to vintage ones, though the designs of D&G and L.A.M.B. (Gwen Stefani is obviously part of the leopard love club) aren't bad.

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All the major designers have done something in leopard print at this point, which has helped it become a timeless fashion staple. Still, only the fiercest felines can pull off more than a bag, shoes or top. For fans of cleavage, crimson lips, and bold animalistic accents, it's all about Robert Cavalli.

Cheetah girls on a budget are sure to be high-tailing to the Beverly Center tomorrow when the designer's collection makes its debut at H&M.

I hear it's full of sexy jungle prints and cat woman couture-flavored pieces. I'm planning on checking it out, and I fully expect some ferocious fashionista encounters - and maybe even a couple of catfights.

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