MILAN (AP) -- Whether in leopard prints or safari wear, the Max Mara woman is the hunter not the hunted.
The Max Mara collection presented during Milan Fashion Week on Thursday evokes the jungle, where foliage prints provide natural camouflage for the animalistic spirit ready to spring -- a mood captured in curve-hugging dresses in stripes of spotted and floral prints.
The silhouette is both free, with loose blouses of light fabric, and controlled, with fitted skirts that often finish below the knee. Safari touches are present throughout, including large pockets, rolled-up sleeves and button tabs on shoulders.
Blouson tops have large, lightweight hoods, for taking quick cover to scurry away, unrecognized.
In keeping with the theme, the collection's palette is rooted in earthy tones like camel and olive green, complemented by leopard, floral and sometimes plaid prints as well as icier tones of blue and green.
Accessories include ample leather bags with crocodile or fur accents and oversized tortoiseshell sunglasses. The look is finished with open-toed. thick-heeled clogs that are tied at the ankle. Hair is swept off the face and neck with headscarves, loose strands giving a hurried appearance.