Fashion: On The Prowl with Vulgar Chic

Prowl with Vulgar Chic In the salons and on the streets, herds of animal prints abound

It's a jungle out there. On the Via Veneto, across 57th Street or up Michigan Avenue, animals that look strangely like women are prancing in herds, and spots swim before the eyes. The designs the women are wearing are not the real thing, of course, but thick faux furs and diaphanous fabric in sexy, primitive patterns. And the customers cannot seem to get enough of them: they're snapping up zebra-stripe blazers, panther-print pumps, fake tiger coats, imitation ocelot boleros and giraffe pants. Says a spokesman for Paris' Dorothee Bis: "It's the theme of the year."

It's more like a craze, and...

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