北欧の貴族社会からAfricaはケニアのコーヒー農場の女主人として1914にアフリカに渡り、18年間その地で暮らした作家の人生からインスピレーションを受けたコレクション。
貴族の華やかな社会を抜け、広大でワイルドな大自然、未知の文化の中に飛び込んで生きる女性の好奇心にあふれた日常と、農園の主人として、部族と共に生きる力強さを、1920年代風の装飾とシルエット、植民地風のリラックスウエアー、農場の日常に不可欠なワークウェアーをアフリカの豊かな色彩と、大地を染める太陽のまぶしい光で表現。

Another Important Culture designer Manami Kobayashi brings the influence of Africa and the great Sahara Desert to her newest collection for Spring/Summer 2010 entitled "Out of Africa".

Kobayashi envisions a 1920's Scandinavian author's life in Africa-a life where she lives and works on her coffee farm. The collection reflects the people and things that the author writes about in her stories.

A variety of wild African animal prints with tribal patterns highlight the safari influence. Spurts of bright colours like acid yellow, purple, scarlet red and sky blue beautifully accent the natural earthy shades and recall images of the rich African landscape.

Diverse fabrics such as linen, chiffon, viscose, silk and jersey are used together to add depth and showcase retro silhouettes. Kobayashi uses an excess of fabric to create beautiful drapes to accentuate the female body in an elegant yet wearable way. The collection can be worn by day and easily translate to the evening with sexy darting necklines.

The collection is rounded out with a limited offering of accessories. During Kobayashi's recent travels in India, she had the opportunity to work with unique stones and materials. Leather fringe, circular pendants, Opal and silver tribal accents are used. Kobayashi also adds a variety of scarves and small leather clutches in sequin leopard prints to pair with her signature designer cuffs.


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