Monday, 7 May 2012

Trend report: Out of Africa


It’s not a first time when designers turn their attention to Africa in search of inspiration. However the S/S 2012 collections have impressed by a  flourish of African theme. Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Christopher Bailey and Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez presented their creations inspired by a safari under the burning sun, animal and tribal prints and a natural palette of colours. All over again Michael Kors offered his fans a style interpretation of Sydney Pollack’s famous “Out of Africa” film. A canvas fabric, the khaki shades, the bags made of a rough leather and the accessories reminding of the elephants tusks flooded the catwalk and imagination of the audience. Designer Donna Karan went off for a back-in-time journey to the cradle of civilization and  the cave art. The ancient-African tribes’ intricate masks and whimsical figures are starring at us from the designer’s skirts and dresses.   Christopher Bailey let his imagination go and decorated linen and straw clutches, caps and sandals of his models with the big, colourful, wooden beads. The Burberry Prorsum S/S12 collection celebrates the earthy palette (think: ochre, olive green, clay red) and the finest natural fabrics. The creators and genius behind Proenza Schouler drew inspiration from the warm colours and mysterious prints of the African continent. Their collection made us feel a touch of the burning sun and the dry wind from Sahara on our faces.
I follow the footprints of famous designers. And if I didn’t manage to head in the direction of Africa this season I’ll  at least recreate and channel the fascinating African look in my every-day life. 
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 Маленькие дети! Ни за что на свете не ходите в Африку, в Африку гулять!” Так призывал к нам Корней Чуковский. Очевидно, что дизайнеры не послушались великого поэта, черпая вдохновение для своих весенне-летних коллекций в таинственных африканских странах.
Так Донна Каран, Майкл Корс, Кристофер Бэйли и Лазаро Эрнандес с Джеком Макколоу по очереди представили свои творения, навеянные сафари под палящим солнцем, животными принтами, племенными узорами и теплыми, естественными цветами. Майкл Корс уже не первый раз удивил своих поклонников интерпретацией на тему сафари и знаменитого фильма Сидни Поллака “Из Африки”. Брезентовая ткань, цвет хаки, сумки через плечо из грубой кожи и украшения, напоминающие бивни слонов, пестрели на подиуме, поражая воображение присутствующих на показе. Дизайнер Донна Каран отправилась в путешествие по времени к истокам цивилизации и наскальной живописи, найденной на африканском континенте. С юбок и платьев мисс Каран на нас поглядывают замысловатые маски и причудливые фигурки древне-африканских племен. Кристофер Бейли дал своему воображению полную свободу и украсил льняные и соломенные клатчи, кепи и босоножки моделей крупными деревянными бусинами различных цветов. Весенне-летняя коллекция Burberry Рrorsum в принципе отличается насыщенно палитрой естественных оттенков ( представьте: охра, болотно-зелёный, глиняный-красный) и натуральными тканями. Основатели и гении, стоящие за маркой Proenza Schouler, так же обратились к теплым краскам и загадочным узорам африканского континента, тем самым перенося нас, если и не на самом деле, то хотя бы в мыслях, под жаркое солнце и сухой ветер, веющий из пустыни Сахары.
Не буду и я слушаться К.И. Чуковского! И если уж не собралась поехать в Африку в этом сезоне, то хотя бы отражу восхищение и завороженность странами и историей Африки в своем облике.  

Donna Karan SS 2012, Proenza Schouler SS 2012

Michael Kors SS 2012, Burberry Prorsum SS 2012

Keira Knightley for Vogue 2007





First look: top Marni for H&M, bikini bottom H&M FAA collection, sandals Supertrash, necklace Marni, bracelets H&M FAA collection, illuminating powder Guerlain, lip balm the Body Shop.

Second look: top Marni for H&M, skirt Guess, shoes JW Anderson for Aldo, clutch Roberta Freymann, necklace Zara, nail polish Dior Vernis Psychedelic Orange (545), blush Dior

photos: www.weheartit.com, www.style.com

27 comments:

  1. Its is so great and refreshing seeing designers looking to Africa for inspiration! People here wear tribal prints not so much as a fashion trend but as part of their heritage and culture. Good post

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  2. Absolutely brilliant outfit ideas! The sandals are so beautiful. Now all we need is a touch of self-tan and a few sunny and warm days. :)

    xxx

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  3. Great post!!!
    Its so great seeing Africa as inspiration to designers, get a lot of African fabrics I will be using for great DIY!
    xoxo

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  4. wow loved the collect
    I'm a Africa lover!!
    loved the outfit :)

    http://www.scarlletgs.blogspot.com.br/

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  5. girl, you definitely have all the right pieces there with you already and you can rock that African look whenever you want to ;) I especially love the shoes. both pairs look so perfect for summer. all those tiny details make them even more wonderful! oh, and seeing those fruits made me slightly hungry :P

    Maiken,
    Maikeni blogi - part of me

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  6. Love the look you put together! That Keira Knightly shoot is one of my favorites and I had it on my bulletin board for the longest time.

    I was lucky and the weather in Berlin was beautiful while I was there--raining the day I left, so all in all a perfect weather trip. Hope you had a fab time as well!

    xo Mary Jo

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  7. love the skirt/tent pic
    so great!
    happy monday!!
    xo
    MOSAMUSE.com <--new site!!

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  8. Ik ben echt helemaal fan van alles
    wat geinspireerd is op Afrika. Geweldige prints
    en materialen, hele leuke post :)

    Liefs
    PurePreciousPerfection.blogspot.com,

    P.s. thanks for following, ik volg jou leuke
    blog nu :)

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  9. Очень понравился твой летний сет, особенно обувь.
    А из показа прям моё-моё, это Burberry Prorsum SS 2012!!!

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  10. Oh, i love how this season, designers took inspiration from african style! I love this tribal type of style, the crazy big prints and exotic colours are my fave part!:)

    xx

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  11. I love African trends. They are always so colorful!

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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  12. I love African inpiration for accessories! The look you put together is great!

    xxx
    - Laura
    http://ucouldbemysomeone.blogspot.com

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  13. I am starting to believe I have african blood because oh man... I am just in love with this trend!

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  14. AMAZING!!

    http://estilohedonico.blogspot.pt

    xoxo

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  15. I think those prints are fantastic. I have some shorts with similar prints, I'm looking forward to wear them!
    Btw, thank you for your lovely comment, I appreciated! I'm following you too :)

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  16. I have my eye on the first pair of sandals! Love the gorgeous colors and beadwork on them. :) Awesome ensembles, by the way.


    http://thebelatedbloomer.blogspot.com

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  17. Thanks a lot for stopping by my blog !! : ) That skirt is very prettY !!
    Love
    Nitika
    http://shopaholicutie.blogspot.in/

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  18. It's very inspiring that they have such great prints and colours! I love your take on it, very nice!

    Peaches
    xx
    http://mintyandpeaches.wordpress.com

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  19. tribal prints are really cool and exquisite! It's the trend for this season and I love it! great picks!

    Babi

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  20. Great looks! Loving the African theme!

    xx
    Giovanna
    www.oliveandanarrow.com

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  21. I love african and tribal prints! all the pictures and pieces are gorgeous, great post :D

    xoxo Julieta
    www.vjuliet.com

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  22. Africa is a treasure trove for inspiration and letting your imagination go wild (no pun intended)... OMG! Turquoise lipstick (in cover photo)!! I have to have!
    I love the sandals in the last pics.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope you come back soon!

    http://danaslookbook.blogspot.com/

    Dana

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  23. What a lovely inspirations!

    Would you like to follow each other on BLOGLOVIN - GFC - FACEBOOK?
    Let me know so I can follow you back. xxx :)

    http://msofisticada.blogspot.co.uk/

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  24. Cant get enough of tribal prints!!!

    Ellie

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