Dion Lee is one of the greatest design talents in Australia: fact. Every time I see a new collection from him I am just left in awe of how gifted he is, to envision these creations and then bring them to life – it truly is an art and the man is kind of a genius. Needless to say, I was beyond excited when the invitation to preview his collection for Line II. The beautiful abandoned space on Danks St in Waterloo was the perfect space to showcase Dion’s immaculate Line II debut at Fashion Week.
If I had to sum up this collection in one word? Effortless. Line II definitely proved itself to be the cooler younger sister to his main line. Models worked the ‘no makeup’ makeup look to perfection and hair was pulled back into a look I can only describe as a very effortless mini sumo bun half-do, a look that Margaret had debuted on the streets outside just minutes before the show.
Shades of chambray, whites and blacks contrasted with bold jolts of cobalts and tomato reds. A lot of the pieces incorporated menswear – collared shirts, tailoring and pinstripes – but somehow the materials used and the colour palette kept it looking still very feminine. I’m lusting over those button up shirts with the open backs – seriously understated sexy vibes. Dion also schooled everyone by with his takes on the college stripe and bomber jackets.
The presence of skivvies, relaxed wide-leg pants and midriff-baring crop tops showed that the 90s trend is still alive and well. He even debuted his first foray into the world of denim with models sporting medium wash vests and jackets around their waists. And what’s a Dion collection without a bit of cut outs and daring thigh high splits? Spring Summer 2014 had it all.
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