Dion Lee Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2015 New York
Dion Lee is one of the top Australian exports in fashion and his country is proud of him. Even before getting to the show, I saw one Aussie stalking the long trek down 36th street in a black sculptural dress with a silk origami-like flourish at the front, leading the way. And once there, there was an outbreak of outback accented chatter across the runway and then again behind me. Just last year, they put his name forth as their bid for the International Woolmark Prize. And the love goes both ways.
The designer’s latest in a string of Australian related inspirations: expatriate painter Jeffrey Smart. The artist's impressionistic landscapes of industrial spaces and roadside scenes turned into a series of dresses with nylon seatbelt like detailing, and a trio of painted print stories. Accessories like bright orange reflector tape on heels and necklaces looked to the road as well as the sheer -- "it was woven with a plastic."
There was the body conscious appeal that the designer has shown in Australia, London, Paris and most recently New York -- "Being based in Australia, you're always used to traveling," Lee said about the constant change in his presenting city -- in skin revealing back cut-outs, thigh-baring high slits and crop tops perfect for navel gazing. A procession of black dresses came for evening with chain mail lining that looked a touch less inspired than some of the looks that preceded them, but weren't an entire let down.