Summer always means safaris, hence the abundance of leopard, zebra and python motifs on the summer fashion runways.
For spring/summer 2013, designers have come up with even wilder alternatives to the parade of familiar safari prints. The runways hosted an animal festivity with all imaginable species taking turns to delight those who are fed up with the summer cliches.
Let's start with some striking and majestic species that are closely related to Asian culture. You can say it's another wave of Orientalism, but aside from the same old kimonos and mandarin collars, geta (check Prada!) and tropical flower prints, some indigenous Asian species have become designers' darlings. Peter Dundas delved into Vietnam in particular for some military-inspired numbers at Emilio Pucci, but it's the Bengal tigers and Chinese dragons that make this collection one of the most ground-breaking in the history of Emilio Pucci.