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I am definitely an animal print aficionado and love to add some spots and stripes to my outfit; lucky for me they will be always in style. In fact “wild” patterns are especially popular right now, particularly the snow leopard, and David Kahn’s Fall/Winter’13 collection has this trend covered offering the Nikki Pencil in Black Leo.

Nowadays leopard pants are nothing earth shattering, you won’t surprise anybody with them unless they are special and these most definitely are! I absolutely adore these jeans and the print that was taken above and beyond just your average animal print. It is not flat and artificial looking but has depth and dimension to give the illusion of texture. The white and grey background gives them a more subdued and refined feel, making these jeans more wearable in everyday life and the matte tonal hardware keeps the look clean and sophisticated.

The Nikki Pencil is a new fit for me and I really like it. Slim from the top to the knee and then roomier from the knee down, this silhouette has a more tailored and structured look than your typical pair of skinnies. The 8.5″ front rise and 13.5″ back rise is very comfy and, most important, very flattering. I like the way it makes my tush look tight and round. Though the 32″ inseam was way too long for me (I prefer to avoid bunching on the bottom with a leg opening wider than 12″), simple hem alterations solved that problem.

David Kahn always has amazingly supple fabrics and the Black Leo Nikki no exception. It is very soft and stretchy and feels incredible on your skin. Thanks to its great elasticity, this blend of 98% cotton/2% elastane doesn’t lose its shape and easily bounces back to its original form.

Keep in mind that David Kahn’s size chart starts with 25 and this is what I usually get instead of my regular 24. It could definitely be slightly tighter in the waist and butt but with that said, overall it fits very well. The rest of the chart is according to standard measurements and considering that DK sizing is very consistent, you shouldn’t have any issues with your usual size.

The David Kahn Nikki Pencil in Black Leo is a very cool pair of jeans and the perfect choice for those who want to inject some fun and edge into their wardrobe and rock out this chic “spotty” trend!

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Elena Zueva-Smith
I am the EU contributor and product reviewer for Denimology. From the time I was 5 years old browsing through my first fashion magazine I knew I wanted to be in this industry. While working as a Merchandiser at Gloria Jeans, the largest denim manufacturer and retailer in Russia, I discovered my passion for denim. It fascinated me then and years later it fascinates me even more. Every day I learn and discover something new and exciting about denim and am thrilled to do it hand in hand with all of you!