Michael Kors Spring 2012 Review

michael kors Spring 2012 runway

Photos: Imaxtree

Looks from the Michael Kors Spring 2012 collection

Show: Michael Kors

Theme: Memories of Africa—or as Kors calls it, “Afriluxe”

Accessories: Utilitarian cross-body bags in distressed leather or alligator, woven straw bags, wide leather belts, shell necklaces

Hair: Orlando Pita for Orlo Salon

Makeup: Dick Page for Shiseido

Overall Takeaway: This is one safari we want to be on.

Michael Kors is often inspired by travel, whether literally (his scuba-chic resort collection came straight from a trip to Australia) or in a more practical sense: Pieces by Kors often work anywhere. Spring 2012 was no exception—according to his show notes, the collection was based on “memories of Africa” and the “rustic modernism of the Lobombo Lodge."

Of course, being Kors, this was no dusty safari fare. The washed canvas coats were as glammed-down as it got, with cashmere henleys, tie-dyed georgette, suede, python, and loose-woven linens in natural shades of khaki, olive, and rusty reds. Many of the pieces were patchworked together for a slightly artisan touch, but animal print chiffon caftans, a cutout python-print swimsuit, and a little leopard ensemble in duchess silk were certainly more suited for the urban jungle than the actual one.

If a feathered handkerchief dress in a hand-painted leopard print verged a bit into Roberto Cavalli territory, there were still a few more streamlined evening looks from the designer, namely the two chiffon jersey column dresses with python trimming that closed the show.

As always, though, it’s Michael Kors’s world—we’re all very happy to live in it. Now, where are we jetting off to next?