From loud animal prints, to bold animal motifs, the fashion industry is now slowly transitioning to a higher state of enchanting sophistication, inspired by the same shouts coming from the wilderness. If last season the animal imagery trend was all about highlighting tigers, owls and cute foxes as main concepts, for spring / summer 2013 a series of vibrant bird motifs took over the runways, bringing along a touch of exoticism.

Either tropical or surrounded by foliage, piercing or rather more illusive, the avian prints carry a distinct flavor, giving center stage to a range of unique translations and turning the spotlight back on delicacy and femininity. Available in lively colors, playful patterns or subtle digital explorations as rule-breakers, there is a little something for anyone showcasing enthusiasm when it comes to the beautiful bird print sub-trend.

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Bird motifs: diversity and elevation on the runway

Sometimes following the fashion trends accordingly is an action that doesn’t necessarily require a direct interpretation, but it allows playing around nuances by make it all a game of shades and suggestions.

Pushing the boundaries, Issey Miyake took inspiration from the avian nature, more precisely from birds “flapping their colorful wings”, promoting lightness and chromatic extravaganza in the most delicious combinations via an array of gorgeous-looking abstract prints. Bird-like but not literally.

Bird motif inspiration on the runway at Issey Miyake S/S ’13

Mary Katrantzou’s famous psychedelic prints got to be infused with even more of an exotic quality for spring 2013. Stamps and bird motifs effortlessly blended in order to help tell a story of romance, fantastic sillouethes and ravishing complexity that almost felt borrowed from another world.

Bird motif on the runway at Mary Katrantzou S/S ’13

Thakoon Panichgul’s mesmerizing vision felt close to a breath of fresh air inhaled during spring time. Delicate birds, placed on cherry blossom branches, displayed in a golden cage explored the rather challenging theme of captivity versus need to break free, in the most fascinating way possible.

Bird print on the runway at Thakoon S/S ’13

Steering away from anything that may resemble some sort of cliche, Prabal Gurung’s beautiful interpretation of the bird motif for spring 2013 showcased a small selection of digitally printed bird wings, beautifully integrated in his contrasting collection built almost exclusively on strict monochromatic tones.

Bird motif on the runway at Prabal Gurung S/S ’13

Paying homage to femininity while drawing inspiration from her native Brazil, Issa’s rendering of the bird print was maybe the most immediate digital translation of an exotic landscape. Airy caftans that featured large prints evoking the Amazonian Garden of Eden triggered some of the 1970s alluring nostalgia.

Bird print on the runway at Issa S/S ’13

For night, dark elegance signed for an influential return as mixed within a bewitching take upon sheerness, making use of the bird motifs only to further emphasize the contemporary sensuality through a series of luxurious appliques. Francesco Scognamiglio’s ethereal collection serves to prove this unique point of view.

Bird appliques on the runway at Francesco Scognamiglio S/S ’13

For more spring 2013 fashion trends and how to wear them, follow that link.

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