As one of fashion’s rising stars Dion Lee represents the next generation of key talent within the industry. Over the past few years Lee has steadily built on a signature look that is as seductive as it is modern. The combination of precision cuts and body conscious shapes has made Lee a favorite amongst editors and astute fashion followers, but every designer knows you’re only as good as your last hit. For Spring Lee served up exactly that – a collection full of surefire hits guaranteed to show up in editorial pages and on the backs of global trendsetters. Accomplishing this feat required taking the road less traveled – pun intended – and looking to the highways with a slew of transit references. While you’re not going to see any map prints or traffic cone earrings, Lee hammered home his point via textures that called to mind the grit of asphalt and sharp angles of freeway signs. Lee took the theme to the next level via a knowing reference to Australian painter, Jeffrey Smart and color splashed prints that a echoed the look of his precisionist landscapes.
References aside Lee presented a strong and versatile collection. Draped dresses with lengthy sashes called to mind Helmut Lang’s iconic deconstructions, but with an erotic undertone that is pure Lee. Sportier looks like silvery track jackets paired with textured skirts added a youthful energy to the entire affair, but the real wows were saved for last. Lee finished things with a series of black dresses detailed with industrial strength chains that caught the light just so and provided a final touch of hard-edged sex appeal.