The wild side of spring fashion might not be what you expect. As a new neutral, leopard print is becoming a background, while actual animals-as-prints and appliques are taking a bold step forward. If your mind is racing to that "Put a bird on it!" sketch from Portlandia, just take it one step further. Cat faces on cotton shorts. Sequined flamingos on a silk cami.
The new animal prints are appearing on everything from soft knits and tops to handbags, swimwear and swingy silk dresses. Indeed, designers like Moschino Cheap & Chic, Marc By Marc Jacobs and Mulberry have put a bird (or ten) on it—swans, swallows, tucans and flamingos.
True, the trend touches on stylish, sweet and silly notes. You can't help but feel the whimsy of a rather serious-looking fish appliqued in leather on a Kenzo clutch, and, like we said before—cat heads on shorts are a real thing, courtesy of Markus Lupfer.