Out of Africa
Meet XALF’s latest: where the wilderness is where ferocity is refined
The golden open plains. The aristocratic big-game hunter Denys Finch Hatton played by Robert Redford. That luscious soundtrack by John Barry. Meryl Streep. Out of Africa was a cinematic classic. XALF pays tribute to Academy Award winning film with a collection that harks back to the coffee plantation of Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke (under the pen name Isak Dinesen).
Watch the film, which centres around Meryl’s affluent noblewoman who conveniently married her second cousin but falls for the dashing Finch Hatton, and you will understand that it’s Kenya and everyone is swept up in the sweeping adventure of the moment – how apt it is to fall in love amidst the African Great Lakes.
“And we was just caught up in the moment and spotless performances from the gilded and beautiful cast, it was something incredible that director Sydney Pollack pulled off. The idea of escaping from our own reality and going on an adventure is exciting. The fact that you might now what you’ll encounter and if there is a handsome stranger or a sultry seductress in a foreign land makes one feel alive with the endless possibilities. After all, life’s a journey not a destination, ”said Xavier Mah, founder of XALF.
That “something incredible” is now the inspiration behind XALF’s latest and it’s a vibrant fusion of wanderlust and cosmopolitan romance, perfect for those higher-energy social to occasions that may or may end in a steamy love affair. You’ll see generous application of faux leopard, tiger, zebra and python prints and 3.5-inch pointy heels that makes known one’s intentions from the get-go. Finh Hatton cannot be tamed or tied down and every design in this collection exudes that earning to be truly liberated and free in all of us.
A nod to the zoological parks of yesteryears, combining trend and classic design into an adventurous collection, the Out of Africa range introduces a hint of savagery bubbling beneath every hot-blooded cougar. Add the finishing touches with a pair of oversized shades, a slinky dress and red lipstick. There is also colour blocking the fuses both inspiration from the wilderness but also hits of modern urbanism that recalls the roots of the wearer before she is unleashed into the wild and allowed to roam free.