Runway Inspired: African Prints

If last year was all about Aztec, this year it’s all about Africa. Tribal prints in bold colors ruled the runways for Spring 2012, ushering in a feast of color and texture for the eyes. Try out an African print for the obvious: dresses, maxi skirts, resort rompers, and lightweight blouses. The rules of the runway? Mix and match, have fun with color, and play with texture. To finish up an African-printed outfit, choose natural accessories like a wooden beaded necklace or leather woven wedge.

1. Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent Strapless Resort Jumper ($295)
Pair with a wedge and make the boardwalk your runway with this printed resort jumper. Sexy strapless cut with elastic waistband and sleek wide legs. Slant hip pockets add an effortlessly chic air.

2. House of Harlow 1960 Eden Open Toe Wedge ($295)
Woven wonders. Designer Nicole Richie hit it out of the park with these safari-inspired wedges. Two-toned leather with woven detailing throughout, covered heel and platform sole. Pair with everything, tribal or not!

3. Torn by Ronny Kobo Zoe Simba Long Sleeve Dress ($169)
Sexy safari. This mini dress wows with its bold tribal print and leg-baring hem length. A simple crew neck and three-quarter sleeves keeps things sophisticated.

4. Acne Trouville Printed Silk Top ($390)
Weekend wear. Pair this tribal print with your favorite flared denim or little black skinnies. Layer it up with a leather jacket or wear all by itself with cut-offs for summer. This lightweight silk top will take you all the way through 2012.

5. Oscar de la Renta Printed Silk Kaftan ($1990)
Sunset stunner. This printed caftan in done-up in beautiful blues and finished with a beaded neckline. A simple clutch and sandals is all this stunning kaftan needs to wow.

6. Kenneth Jay Lane Dark Wood and Bead Necklace ($84)
Bold beads. Strands and strands of wood beads work together to make a bold statement, but the neutral color makes these beads versatile as well. Pair with a maxi dress or dress up a simple tee.