Trend Spot: The Big Cat Prowl

The prowl of the ‘big cats’ is still ‘feline’ incredibly strong, with prints of their beautiful fur markings having leapt ‘purr-fectly’ from the fashion scene onto greeting cards, giftwrap and home accessories.

Arguably part of the tropical trend and an extension of the Frida Kahlo influence, these majestic, powerful predators featured on the BBC’s Big Cats TV series last autumn, which highlighted some species’ depletion, with footage of mountain lions, Iberian lynx, Spanish tigers, larger versions of our own furry felines at home, rarely seen in the wild.

And their beauty and fierceness extends from being seen as a ‘king of the jungle’ to one also which chimes as a symbol of female empowerment.

PG Buzz shares some trend-reflective card designs on this big cat trend.

Above: The backs of the cards in Belly Button’s Wild Thing range includes a description about the animal featured on the front that’s under threat. “Big cats empower, whether reflecting our confidence in the fashion prints we wear, or the strength of motherhood and nurturing symbolised, we are hugely attached to that,” suggests Rachel Hare, md and creative director of Belly Button Designs.
Above: The backs of the cards in Belly Button’s Wild Thing range includes a description about the animal featured on the front that’s under threat. “Big cats empower, whether reflecting our confidence in the fashion prints we wear, or the strength of motherhood and nurturing symbolised, we are hugely attached to that,” suggests Rachel Hare, md and creative director of Belly Button Designs.
Above: An Inamals by Inaluxe ‘Jungle Kitty’ design from ArtPress. “The need to protect our rainforests and animals has entered the national psyche and is currently expressed in fashion and home interiors,” says Linzi Russell-Watson, director of ArtPress.
Above: An Inamals by Inaluxe ‘Jungle Kitty’ design from ArtPress. “The need to protect our rainforests and animals has entered the national psyche and is currently expressed in fashion and home interiors,” says Linzi Russell-Watson, director of ArtPress.
Above: A lounging leopard on a lasercut card from Forever Cards.
Above: A lounging leopard on a lasercut card from Forever Cards.
Above: A hipster lion card from Lagom.
Above: A hipster lion card from Lagom.
Above: A design from Tache’s Henries award-winning Modern Missy range. “Big cats though are awe-inspiring in themselves, which is why we keep coming back to them time and time again. They are likely trending because of the whole tropical trend, but for us they will never go out of fashion!” says Frank Nicholls, co-director of Tache.
Above: A design from Tache’s Henries award-winning Modern Missy range. “Big cats though are awe-inspiring in themselves, which is why we keep coming back to them time and time again. They are likely trending because of the whole tropical trend, but for us they will never go out of fashion!” says Frank Nicholls, co-director of Tache.
Above: A majestic beast on a Portfolio card.
Above: A majestic beast on a Portfolio card.
Above: Earlybird’s card and wrap ranges from Bex Parkin and Elena Essex include big cat designs. “Big cats can be seen as fairly cool, aloof characters, from black panthers to cheeky cheetahs, I think this is because they have lots of different identities and quite a lot of scope to explore,” says Dominic Early, co-owner of Earlybird Designs
Above: Earlybird’s card and wrap ranges from Bex Parkin and Elena Essex include big cat designs. “Big cats can be seen as fairly cool, aloof characters, from black panthers to cheeky cheetahs, I think this is because they have lots of different identities and quite a lot of scope to explore,” says Dominic Early, co-owner of Earlybird Designs.
Above: A design from Rachel Ellen.
Above: A design from Rachel Ellen.

Progressive Greetings’ November edition includes an extensive article on the inspiration for this big cats’ trend (click to pages 86-88).

Top: A bold tiger card design from 1790.

 

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