Exotics and Animal Prints

Designers answered the call of the wild with outrageous prints inspired by the animal kingdom.

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This spring, the call of the wild lured top designers to experiment with prints and patterns pulled from the animal kingdom. Michael Kors' smart cheetah-print coat, for example, with its chic double-breasted styling and waist-cinching belt, was a perfect blend of demure and daring.
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Zig-zagging zebra stripes added an exotic punch to Proenza's retro short suits for spring.
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Gucci's exaggerated leopard-print tops had a warbly, abstracted pattern that contrasted against the collection's more rigidly structured separates.
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La Garconne
For a twist on the usual leopard-print sandal, Tsumori Chisato added these slingback kicks with a bright, psychedelic-looking flower in turquoise. $301 at LaGarconne.
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Leopard print is something of a design signature for Roberto Cavalli, who juxtaposed splashes of the print against brocade bird motifs and girly florals.
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Net-a-Porter
Phillip Lim's silky leopard jumpsuit is sure to make a splash paired with patent black heels and a long boyfriend blazer. $225 at Net-a-Porter.
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Always catering to the effortlessly chic urbanite, Isabel Marant's python-print pants feel funky but sophisticated paired with an oversize sweater in a swirling stripe motif.
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Winding snakes finished with elaborate beading and embroidery lent a sense of mystery to Lanvin's moody spring collection.
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Giambattista Valli's playful flapper dress features a graphic zebra motif that melts into soft black-and-white fringing through the skirt.
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Topshop
Rainy day gloom doesn't stand a chance against Topshop's zebra-stripe parka. $104 at Topshop.
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Altuzarra styled exotic bird-print trousers with sporty leather pieces like this shiny black parka and sheer blouse.
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Urban Sandal
Pair Urban Outfitters' playful zebra-stripe platforms with a flirty white sundress for a cheeky summer look. $100 at Urban Outfitters.
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Suno finished long old-fashioned wrap dresses with dainty dove appliques for a fresh, feminine effect.
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Likewise, Marc by Marc Jacob's sweet V-neck sundresses were embellished with bright pink song birds.
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For a decidedly more realistic take on the animal print trend, Reed Krakoff rendered photo-quality images of bright yellow parrots onto silk shirts and flared trousers.
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