May 12, 2021

Dion Lee Resort 2018

Dion Lee opened Australia Fashion Week a few weeks ago right outside the Sydney Opera House, a feat no other designer can claim. It was a big moment for the designer, who introduced men’s wear there and came full circle as he had shown one of his first collections inside one of the venues there early on. Naturally there was a nautical spirit influenced by the location’s proximity to the sea.
Lee has become known for strong, sexy silhouettes. This collection was fluid, more relaxed and more sensual. Notable were his evening gowns in khaki, navy and red bonded satin that featured draped ribbons that wrapped and fell around the body. An asymmetric draped top cut with bonded satin stitched onto lace mesh had a similar feminine quality and appeared casual when styled with updated track pants with a wrapped front. Other nods to ath-leisure included vivid blue jersey dresses with perforated skirts that allowed the fabric to drop, and waterproof knit swimwear. Washi paper knitwear made to look like towels in primary colors bridged the ready-to-wear and swim divide.
Signature tailoring created parallels between the men’s and women’s silhouettes, like updated blazers for men with considered design details. He tacked utility

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