Sa­fari on High

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The wildlife of Africa re­turns to bring a bit of sa­fari magic to Louis Vuit­ton’s spring/sum­mer 2017 col­lec­tion. In­tri­cate tex­tile treat­ments, ex­otic skins and a me­nagerie of an­i­mal prints are taste­fully ap­plied through­out the clothes and ac­ces­sories. While most de­signs em­body the re­bel­lious na­ture of Lon­don Punk, a lot of them also ref­er­ence the brand’s clas­sic trunks as an ho­mage to Louis Vuit­ton’s her­itage of crafts­man­ship. It’s worth not­ing that de­signer Kim Jones him­self spent his child­hood in Kenya and Botswana. On top of all that, he once again brought in Bri­tish artists the Chap­man broth­ers (af­ter col­lab­o­rat­ing with the duo for Louis Vuit­ton’s “Gar­den of Hell” col­lec­tion in 2013) to cre­ate five prints de­pict­ing “twisted” in­ter­pre­ta­tions of Africa’s most iconic an­i­mals that spruce up the leather goods, jack­ets and bag tags. Never be­fore have lions, elephants, rhi­nos, gi­raffes and ze­bras looked so damn chic.

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