Designer and Project Runway judge Michael Kors tells T+L about the South African trip that inspired his new collection.
Credit: courtesy of Michael Kors

What to Wear: “On a safari, it’s important to stay away from red and orange clothes because it frightens the animals. A neutral palette works as well as camouflage.”

Moment of Awe: “Having a herd of elephants pass by my husband and me—enormous ones and small babies—took our breath away. They’re prehistoric yet majestic.”

Sleep Chic:Singita Lebombo Lodge (Singita Kruger National Park; from $2,980 per night) was like a modern tree house—with hippos wading in the river beyond.”

(Cat)Walk This Way: “The wildlife, terrain, and tangerine sunsets all colored my Spring 2012 runway collection.”

Looking Back: “Africa awakens your senses. The landscape reminds you to notice the small things in life—the shift of light in the sky, the simple beauty of trees.”

Michael Kors’s Packing List

“I wore my Patagonia Down Sweater Vest ($150) every day; it compacts well in your bag and keeps you warm in the nighttime chill.”

“I love the Panasonic Lumix camera (from $120) because it takes incredibly sharp pictures but is super easy to use.”

Bushnell binoculars (from $20) are the perfect size and have amazing magnifying abilities.”

“For this trip, I used my canvas T. Anthony rolling duffel (from $595)—it’s soft, but it has wheels and fits a lot.”

Singita Kruger National Park

The property consists of the Lebombo Lodge and Sweni Lodge, two lavish lodges—treetop suites or riverside rooms, along with twice-daily game drives and kids’ safaris with tracking tutorials.