Animal prints have expanded their footprint this season with designers like Roberto Cavalli and presenting a fresh update| A trend report

For Spring/Summer 2015, it’s all about the wildlife less ordinary. Move beyond leopard prints and welcome big, bold prints of zebra, giraffe, seahorses, scorpions and jellyfish animal prints, in varied textures, into your wardrobes. Classic or modern, the runway shows have ushered in several options, besides the classic must-haves—leopard and snakeskin.


GO PLAY | Cavalli, who pioneered animal prints on everything from leather to lamé, and has celebrities like Beyoncé, Bono and the Beckhams eating out of his hand, has gone a step further! He just launched the Cavalli MasterCard—in an iridescent purple snakeskin pattern. The message for all who shy away from animal prints is to go play, flaunt and look sexier than ever.

Milan fashion week spring summer 2015

SEXY & IN CONTROL! If psychologists are to be believed, animal prints give the wearer a feel of power, exotica, luxury, class, wealth, fun, adventure, glamour and sex appeal. You can only imagine what it feels like if the dress is an Armani! His Spring/Summer ’15 collection had snake and leopard prints on shirt-dresses and pant-suits, while making a statement on shirts worn over shorts. The leopard print returned on the catwalk with Elisabetta Franchi’s Spring/Summer ’15 collection. The print was dramatically seen on maxi and mini-skirts and jackets, showing off a sensual, exotic feel.

Clothing sarees

GLOBAL INDIAN | Back home, Neha Dhupia was spotted at an event looking fantastic in a leopard print saree from Abraham and Thakore’s Autumn-Winter 2014 collection. Satya Paul too has a collection of turtle shell print, zebra, giraffe and leopard print sarees.

The momentum is gaining speed with leopard, python and alligator prints staring at us from headbands, scarves, bags, shoes and every little garment, including the swimsuit. Major collections at New York, Milan, London and Paris all point to this major trend for Spring-Summer ’15. Time to get back to the basics and invest in some animal magnetism!

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