As much as we like to blend in, we cannot deny our individuality, like it or not. Case in point, fingerprints! No two people have the same digit patterns. And let’s not assume that the rest of the animal world is any different.
Have you ever thought about the real animal patterns behind our favorite animal prints? They too are unique, one animal’s markings never identical to other members of the group; though to us they may seem to match.
Fur fashion knows a good thing when it sees it, and also knows how to work it. Today, patterns from the glorious hand of nature can be as creative as they are popular when evolved into prints or stencils.
What would so many designers like Roberto Cavalli or Dolce e Gabbana, Yves Saint Laurent or Christian Dior, be without Leopard print? Or is it really Jaguar? Civet? Ocelot? Another feline? Yes my friends, we’ve been so desensitized to read said pattern that we forget its true form.
And frankly, I like it that way. The Cat’s Meow is in its platonic abstraction, which in turn makes for wonderful fashion recreations. Designers are truly embracing the idea this season. You want leopard? -you get a super-version, one made out of other furs like lamb and fox to create a truly original and fun fur piece. A note here: The fur industry does not and can not use endangered species. But the industry has become adept at reproducing close facsimiles.
Let’s not forget that these patterns initially serve as camouflage. Just look at peacocks and pheasants where the females blend into the landscape while the males, well, they puff up their chests and strut their stuff and are the first ones to go!
Others, like the zebra, are nature’s use of optical illusion to offset predators during a chase. Think of them as nature’s Op Art. Nature works in mysterious ways, and very often in an awesome display of colors and patterns.
What are your favorite animal print patterns?
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