BY ELi CHEP
And with the global fashion week season at its peak, the brand simultaneously showcased over the past weekend, their previous recent Resort Collection ‘Sultan’s Parade’ and their recently launched Spring/Summer 2015 collection titled ‘The Frontier’ at Joey’s Showroom in New York City alongside the New York Fashion Week 2014.
The brand showcased East African inspired graphics on simple lose fitting silhouettes. Mesmerizing patterns and flowing airy summer materials. Kaftan and boob tube dresses, shorts and swimwear all worn with flat sandals.
Inspired by the East African khanga cloth of Kenya, co-founders Alice Heusser and Olivia Kennaway launched Lalesso in Cape Town in 2007 by releasing 100 of their trademark Lalesso skirts. Now having expanded into a resort collection, Lalesso unveils more of Kenya’s vibrant prints and patterns in easy, free-flowing silhouettes. From kaftan dresses and rompers to two-piece beach-ready ensembles, looks from the Lalesso resort collection retain an elevated sophistication even when paired with summer’s most comfortable outdoor footwear.
Since 2009, Lalesso has been using SOKO for garment production. SOKO is an independent charity-based eco and ethical clothing production factory that supports local Kenyan talent and provides artists with skill training and employment. In 2013, to aid the garment industry from their birth country, Lalesso expanded its production to Cape Town and Durban.
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