Like its founder, Lemlem’s approach is to “keep things easy yet luxurious.” Characterized by clean lines, neutral hues, and splashes of color, its pieces are a marriage of fashion and function. Loose, drapey cuts evoke a beachy sensibility that Kebede describes as “relaxed and bohemian, but with a distinctly modern feel.”
Characterized by clean lines, neutral hues, and splashes of color, Lemlem is a marriage of fashion and function.
For fall, Kebede’s New York-based design team introduced the country’s weavers to Italian merino wool, a fiber one doesn’t typically associate with Africa. Don’t expect chunky knits or weighty fabrics, however. True to Lemlem’s breezy-chic aesthetic, the pieces are finely loomed, complete with bold, contrasting stripes that have become the brand’s trademark.
Lemlem also toyed with menswear-inspired silhouettes this season, but the results are anything but buttoned-up. The design team transformed a lush, geometric cotton print, discovered at the local merkato, into a sporty blazer, trouser, and skirt. Talk about a power suit.