Supermodel-turned-designer Liya Kebede founded her African-inspired line in 2007 after a trip to Ethiopia. Lemlem, meaning "to bloom or flourish" in Amharic, uses traditional artisans to produce hand-woven shawls in white cotton with ethnic-influenced embroidery. New York's most fashionable have fallen for her super-versatile pieces which "can be knotted into a scarf, worn as a sarong, or quickly tied into a bag."
Elsi striped cotton-blend gauze dress
Elsi off-the-shoulder striped cotton-blend gauze mini dress
Afia ruffled striped cotton-blend gauze skirt
Elsi striped cotton-blend gauze kaftan
Safia fringed embroidered cotton-blend gauze kaftan
Aden striped cotton-blend gauze mini dress