Dion Lee’s Ladder to New York Fashion Week
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Making the move to New York late last year, with his design studio in tow, Lee was determined to make them sit up and listen in the same way we did.
“Creatively, I feel inspired and motivated by the challenges of starting again in a new market,” says Lee.
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Showing at Skylight in Clarkson Square on Saturday, Lee fitted in well alongside former Dior designer Raf Simons (showing his debut collection for Calvin Klein) and Marc Jacobs.
While his structural designs will always be a central part of Lee’s look, Fall 2017 marked a more fluid direction. This comes down to the athleisure movement. Today, movement is key.
Unstructured silhouettes and fluid fabrics floated down the runway, toughened by military-style blazers and vests with stocky lapels. The palette was neutral, anchored by pops of neon colour. Eyes flickered from slinky cobalt-blue velvet slip dresses to ankle-skimming shearling coats in fire-engine red. Furry scuffs (slides) and clunky lace-up boots peeped out from under pleated skirts.
BS: Was the move to New York a personal or a business decision?
DL: There’s always been a synergy between the brand and the city, therefore moving here felt like a natural progression.
BS: Can you describe the collection?
DL: FW17 combines structured military tailoring pared back with relaxed sportswear silhouettes. Grungy shearling and knit textures are contrasted with sculptured wool and wet-look patent leather. Military influences can be seen in triangular-chain netting, looped epaulettes and camouflage motifs. Voluminous silhouettes and cashmere tailoring add ease to the collection.
BS: How did you go about curating which styles were shown from the collection?
DL: Each season I collaborate with a stylist to pull the runway looks together. FW17 is being styled by Alex Harrington, who I’ve worked with for the past two seasons.
BS: Do you have a social-media strategy for the week?
DL: We’re trying to include our audience in more of the collection preparations in the lead up to the show, in addition to working with photographers to create curated content for our channels.
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