Hailing from Ethiopia, this stunning 28 year old has quietly commanded the attention of the fashion world since her first Gucci show for Tom Ford in 2000.
When she’s not stomping the runway for bold faced names like Diane Von Furstenberg, Ralph Lauren, and Calvin Klein….
You can catch her dominating national ad campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger, Louis Vuitton, Estee Lauder, Tiffany & Co, and Lord & Taylor…
…and gracing the covers and spreads of the world’s hottest magazines…
Frothy fabrics of plum, peach, or an eye catching metallic…
…with the occasional print thrown in, just for good measure….
She keeps it super simple when casual, opting for blazers of leather or wool over a fitted top with pants…
To get a Liya dress look go for the following:
Top Row: Diane Von Furstenberg Black Silk Gold Burnout Dress, $219, www.bluefly.com; Laila Azhar Tulip Dress, $149, shopbop.com
Bottom Row: Marc by Marc Jacobs Striped Dress, $244, www.neimanmarcus.com; Milly Tab Jumper, $135, www.tobi.com.
For her casual steeze, go with these:
Left to Right: Maria Bonita Extra Jacket, $259, www.tobi.com; Striped Knit Top, $29, www.rampage.com; Julia High Waisted Capris, $79, www.guess.com.
The third place T will be by Jaja, who has captured all of your hearts and minds with her provocative, eye-catching design. As a prize, Jaja will get the following looks from a new streetwear brand, Naketano (www.naketano.de)…
…a line of cute, colorful cotton dresses, sweatshirts, and tops from Germany. I personally love the sweatshirts, and might cop one in a sec. Though prices are in Euros, I found out they do ship to the US.
*See more of Liya’s work at www.liyakebede.com. She’s the bomb.
*Did anyone else catch Puffy’s “If I Were King” nonsense on MTV last night??
I sat through it for about…half an hour before I got tired of him screaming for “more leathers” and “more colors” while his real designers trudged around the world to actually design the clothes. By 10:32 I had flipped to Judge Judy, though my buddy texted me saying that he made some great statements about the lack of ethnic models in fashion. Anyone care to share?