SUMMER STYLED RIGHT: Theoutnet.com launches an exclusive summer edit of limited-edition designer travel essentials
Theoutnet.com launches an exclusive summer edit of 17 limited-edition designer travel essentials.
If you happen to be an extensive traveller, then you’re about to be captivated by an exclusive edit prepared by the brilliant fashion-focused minds at Theoutnet. com. This edit appeals to your inner globetrotter, evoking holiday memories and inspiring future travels. Shot in the south of France, the summer edit features Liya Kebede, Ethiopianborn model, philanthropist and clothing designer, as the face of the campaign. Kebede’s own collection, Lemlem, is one of the designer collections to adorn this edit!
TO: What are your packing essentials? LK: I’m really not good at packing! I’m not organized in a way where I’m like, “Oh, I’m going to wear this on this day,” you know? It’s always about what I feel the day of! And it never works out. So I always just want to throw in all my things that I always wear, just to be safe. TO: And what are the pieces that you always wear? LK: A lot of T-shirts, a lot of whites and my essentials, like summer pants. I’m quite casual. Flats, shorts – I take a lot of Lemlem stuff. TO: What has been your most memorable holiday? LK: I think every time you get to go on holiday somewhere beautiful, it’s always nice.
TO: When you look back, what are your personal highlights from your career so far? LK: There are so many different moments! Obviously, my first Gucci show with Tom Ford, my first shoot with Miesel, American Vogue cover, French Vogue cover, Estée Lauder and L’oréal. Big milestones! And now again, a French Vogue cover. TO: Do you have any favorite trend in fashion right now? LK: I find jewelry is really getting interesting. It’s getting its own moment. I feel like we’re really pushing it and it’s becoming intimate and personal, yet bold. It’s taking on its own life – I had never noticed it before and now it’s become so modern and so cool; I like that. TO: How does it feel now that your Lemlem line is in its eighth year? LK: It feels crazy; I can’t believe we’ve been doing it for that long! I feel like we definitely started something – it’s a trend, which is really interesting. People are looking at Africa and that’s really cool – that was kind of the point. It’s empowered and given ideas to a lot of small brands in Africa, and that was the whole point in a way. TO: Did you ever foresee how much of an impact it would have? LK: I didn’t realize what it could become! I kind of jumped into it and saw a need and then there it was. It was for kids initially because I thought I’d love my kids to wear something that was handmade in Ethiopia, but then we were designing things that we wanted to wear! And all the moms were saying the same thing too, so now it totally makes sense that it’s a women’s line. TO: How do you see the line expanding? LK: We’re still bringing back a bit of the kid’s stuff, and we’re tip-toeing around home and men’s, and it’s been really interesting. Now, we’re sort of following it as opposed to us [pushing it], you know? So we can expand and do this and do that. It’s been really amazing. TO: What’s the creative design process behind each collection? LK: We have a design team – I don’t really do the designing. We go to Ethiopia at different times, and then we sit around in our New York City offices and break everything down. Everybody goes at different times and sort of checks it out.
TO: Where would you like to see the brand go in the future? LK: I think it’s a lifestyle brand and we’d like to see it in every category; becoming a staple. We are definitely looking into growing it and adding more categories and playing around with non-handmade things too, which is kind of a new direction for us. We’re also exploring other cities in Africa to make things; we’re going on that level as well. TO: How do you combine the Liya Kebede Foundation with Lemlem? LK: They’re completely separate. I don’t really combine them but we’ll do a lot of promotional things around Lemlem for the Foundation or collaborate on Mother’s Day for something. On the Lemlem website, there’s a link, but that’s the only way they’re connected for now. TO: What does a normal day look like for you? LK: I don’t have a regular routine! I work a lot on my phone and my computer from anywhere, but I go into the office if I’m not shooting, so it depends. It’s many things at the same time, juggling many balls. TO: Social media plays an important role in this campaign. What’s your take on it? LK: I think it’s hard to know what to do with social media. I have a hard time –what’s the middle ground? I feel like there are a lot of things out there and it’s not all great; some things really shouldn’t be up there. It also scares me because I feel like there’s a thirst for something, but I don’t know what it is. It can be amazing, but at the same time, it makes everything a little banal. It becomes dull, there’s no more surprise. I don’t like discovering everything on Instagram. I want to wait for the fashion story to come out, I want to wait for the campaign to come out and see it on the right space and platform and in the right size, as opposed to seeing it immediately and then three months later when it comes out you’re like, ‘I already saw that!’ It kills the whole thing. So I think it’s really hard to know how to use it.
TO: What’s next for you personally? Acting? Focusing more on Lemlem? LK: It’s all of them. I would love to do more film, and it’s been so exciting seeing the growth of Lemlem, and we have so many things to look forward to that I’m excited to be following through. TO: You’re going to be collaborating with Soludos. How did that come about? LK: I bought some online and I loved them so much. One of the girls that work with us actually knew the owner and introduced us to one another. TO: What other collaborations would you love to explore? LK: I would love to do swim – I think it would be cool to do a collaboration with the right person. TO: Are there any styles that you’ve worn from the Postcards From… edit that have stood out for you? LK: I definitely liked the Iris & Ink T-shirt dress that I had on – it was very nice and very easy and very comfortable. I love anything that’s easy. I like the colors of the Elizabeth and James shirt a lot too; the light blue is so nice. I love the Ancient Greek Sandals, too – I really love that brand.
Cushnie et Ochs dress
Eugenia Kim hat
Sophie Anderson shoulder bag
Oscar de la Renta dress Ancient Greek Sandals sandals