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Michael Kors has animal magnetism

A model walks the runway at the Michael

A model walks the runway at the Michael Kors Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Manhattan. (Sept. 14, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Michael Kors sent an ode to Africa down his thatch-backed runway Wednesday morning at the tents. His African queens wore animal prints -- tiger, leopard, python -- in earthy tones such as clay, olive and limestone with pops of sunset shades like amber and cinnabar.

There was a raw edge to many of the looks here, not typically Kors, such as distressed cashmere sweaters that were tattered – holey even – and patchwork pieces with unfinished seams. The silhouette was easy, but never too blousy for the Kors customer, and included scarf dresses, slouchy sweaters and sarongs (one of the male models even wore one!).

Bold, tie-dyed blanket skirts, dresses and even bathing suits had an exotic vibe. Evening offered quiet, organic glam, such as a teak-colored, tie-dyed chiffon jersey column with a thick python choker.

The real statement makers? Wispy feather-bedecked numbers that moved like poetry. A sporty red-orange techno poncho topped a matching red-orange feathered shift for fly girls. So very Kors. 
 

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