by Linda Bezos
Liya Kebede knows her stripes and by the looks of it, she also knows what her customers want as well. The new iteration of Lemlem's resort collection suggests an astute understanding of consumer mood and an appealing sense of aesthetics that fits in quite well in hot summers that precede mild winters in most fashion capitals. With the help of Ethiopian weavers and Indian seamstresses, Lemlem is forging ahead with the aesthetics of light and summery with a few distinctive twists. The stripes and the kaleidoscopic patterns enhance a sense of whimsy within the collection while maintaining a hint of extraordinary and functional. In a world of athleisure and couture, Lemlem fits right in the middle.