Africana, SS’12Posted by Styloko
When designers take to their sketchbooks to start their spring/summer collections, African influences are a recurring source of inspiration.
The usual suspects, notably animal print, utilitarian styling and authentic tribal prints made an appearance on the runways, but the innovative use of traditional artisan techniques, sharply tailored cuts and bold accessories gives the Africana trend a fresh feel for the upcoming season.
Its rare we a season go by without some form of animal print making an appearance on the catwalks and SS ’12 is no exception.
Michael Kors presented a mash up of overall style coats teamed with revealing leopard print leotards. Chunky utility belts strapped across models bodies and knee high gladiator sandals completed the 21st century cave girl aesthetic.
Roberto Cavalli upped the ante with his glamorous floor sweeping gowns, proving the Africana trend doesn’t necessarily mean you have to look like your ready to jump in the back of a 4×4.
Think safari jackets, pocket shirts and a generous helping of khaki. Spanish label Loewe gave safari inspired suiting a high fashion make over with the help of some super sharp tailoring and to die for accessories.
Paul & Joe took safari influences a little more literally by the looks of their khaki offerings, but gold detailing and tightly cinched waists took this look from the plains to the party.
Designers ensured tribal styles really packed a punch by incorporating a whole wealth of ancient handiwork techniques into their designs. Weaving, intricate beading, raffia work, crochet, fringing, you name it, it was there.
Missoni‘s ensembles, complete with lashings of fine fringing made a bold statement as they sashayed down the catwalk, paired with rustic hues and graphic prints, it was a tribal triumph.
Donna Karan presented a pared down tribal look in comparison, leaving her striking totem pole inspired prints to do the real talking.
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