Hoping to dress people who want to reference themselves as elites who’ve had the leisure to “do good” after having spent as much on their wardrobe as they did on their fave charity? Michael Kors did, apparently.

I like Kors’ self-parodic performances on the TV show, Project Runway, and also like that he’s more into producing for the fashion consumer (albeit the animal-print clad Amazonian variety with the deep pockets); not mystical productions intended to generate critical acclaim (often done without the talent necessary for any real critic to drum up any acclaim).

But this year, for New York Fashion Week, he produced what The Guardian’s culture critic and sometime-fashionista Hadley Freeman described as “gap year-esque fare” following the “eternally popular and eternally misguided theme of “safari”,” which “looked like something designed solely for a magazine fashion shoot in Africa, probably starring Angelina Jolie lounging decorously on a designer handbag while gazing soulfully at some noble tribesmen.”

This serves as an ominous note of reminder to Armani et al, not to pick “Africa” as a theme for their lackluster runway shows. Or to our pal Bono and his spouse, Ali Hewson, who like to get paid for being photographed, gallivanting about on savannas wearing her clothing line, porting “handmade” Vuitton leather goods. Edun, Hewson’s “ethical”  fashion line, includes a “kikoy” scarf, a “camel print” dress, and a “giraffe print basic tee in dusty brown” – precisely the kind of thing Kors should avoid like hellfire.

Further Reading

No more caricatures

Engaging seriously with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s life could help us understand how South Africa got where it is and where it’s going.