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This past winter, Kathryn & I traveled with our significant others, brother, & mom (in honor of her 60th!) to East Africa. The trip was spectacular and heavily informed my FW17 designs. Thank you to our brother, Alex, for so many incredible photos.

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The vast landscapes, extraordinary colors, otherworldly light, and wild animals provided the fodder every designer dreams of.
We departed from vibrant Nairobi and landed on a dirt airstrip in Kalama. From here we drove to Samburu Game Reserve (and stayed at the remote Larsens Camp).

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Members of the Samburu Tribe in colorful clothing and incredible beaded jewelry
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Lizzie Fortunato Meteor Earrings in Bright Pink
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The view from Larsens Camp in Samburu
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Samburu Women in the most inspiring jewelry
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Lizzie Fortunato Tropicana Charm Necklace
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This beautiful elephant grazed our jeep in Samburu National Park

From there, we headed to the famed Maasai Mara, where we stayed at the Fairmont Mara Safari Club. I fell in love with the  vast plains of the Maasai Mara and the spectacular herds that inhabited them.

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Lizzie Fortunato African Feather Earrings
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I fell in love with the giraffe in the Maasai Mara
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A dazzle of zebra (that's really the name for a herd!) in the Maasai Mara
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Lizzie Fortunato Amber Savanna Necklace
A highlight of our time in the Maasai Mara was a 5 a.m. hot air balloon ride, when we could observe huge herds of animals moving peacefully through the plains
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From Kenya, we flew in another tiny (15 seater!) plane to Tanzania, where we visited our favorite – and most remote – destination: The Serengeti Migration Camp.

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The African Topi
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The gang in the middle of the Serengeti
We were incredibly close to the most majestic creatures - it was humbling and inspiring and fueled my creativity for FW17
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We were so close to this lion
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The Lizzie Fortunato Totem Tassel Earrings in Ochre

Our final stop was the Manor Ngorongoro situated in Tanzania’s Great Rift Valley, next to the Ngorongoro Crater, known as “The Cradle of Life”. We fell in love with the design of the lodge (and their coffee!) and with the exquisite birds we saw in the crater.

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Land Art
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Lizzie Fortunato FW17 Spirit Sequin Collar
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Crowned Cranes in Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater
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Sister Sister at the Manor Ngorongoro. I'm wearing cow bone beads!
Chic design and beautiful gardens abound at the Manor Ngorongoro
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Manor Ngorongoro
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Flowers in the most vibrant hues!

Our time in Africa was so special. Humbling and inspiring. The light across the plains felt different than any light I had seen before and it was incredible to be in the presence of such powerful animals.

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Lizzie Fortunato FW17 Samburu Floral Collar
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Lizzie Fortunato FW17 Safari Clutch in Serengeti

I am so grateful for this trip and the fuel it provided for my FW17 designs, which feature silk fabric flowers, oversized baroque pearls, and lots of statement earrings. Shop it now!

XX,
LF