Drumming On Safari With Michael Kors’ Afriluxe Collection

Sep 14, 2011 By Amy

While his theme may have been safari, fans of Michael Kors were “Rolling In The Deep” this morning at his New York

Fashion Week show. This was a very special collection for Kors, who’s celebrating three decades of his line. “From the beginning I was convinced you could be sexy and sporty at the same time” Kors said to WWD back in March. Boy was he right, this Long Island native, FIT dropout, and former Celine creative director has put the Kors brand in the global spotlight .The designer continues to construct clothing which attract mature and youthful customers alike. Just look at this morning’s front row, Michael Douglas, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoe Saldana (accompanied by MyFDB CEO, Keith Britton) were all present to show support for the designer. Not to mention the industry’s heavy hitters, which included the likes of Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, Mario Testino, Carine Roitfeld, Rachel Zoe, and more.

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Commencing with a tribal style instrumental version of the favored Adele tune, Karmen Pedaru opened the show in sage shorts and a complimenting large linen sage serape with Simon Nessman (both current faces of the brand). The audience was immediately taken on a voyage to Africa with the laid back high fashion looks that were described as, “Afriluxe.” The designer’s use of rustic textures, leopard and snakeskin prints alongside flowing silhouettes evoked a wildness in everyone. The music switched up to Florence + The Machine’s “Drumming Song” and these feelings carried over to the menswear, which consisted of a utilitarian on vacation vibe. Cargo pants, olive hues, and messenger bags were seen throughout on the male models.

Karmen Pedaru with Simon Nessman opening Michael Kors

A few standout pieces included a leopard hand painted feathered shift dress rocked by Daphne Groeneveld (left), an ivory wind coat and matching swimsuit worn by Karolina Kurkova (center), and an olive linen hand dyed trench on Karlie Kloss (right). However, it was an impala python print swimsuit which really got everyone’s taste buds slithering.

Kors’ all star model lineup also included Arizona Muse, Erin Wasson, Jourdan Dunn, Izabel Goulart, Liu Wen, Lindsey Wixson, Fei Fei Sun, Frida Gustavsson, Hilary Rhoda, andHanne Gaby Odiele. Their pulled back hair and natural makeup looks perfectly coupled the raw jungle aesthetic. Hair stylist Orlando Pita and makeup artist Dick Page took care of all of the models backstage.

Kors is a designer who has worked hard for his achievements, but continues to stay true to his chic sporty look that the world has come to adore.So I ask…Who’s ready to go on safari?


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