It was only natural that a love of clothing and an interest in construction and creating would lead Dion Lee to create his eponymous fashion label, writes Emmy-Lou McKean
After the whirlwind that was New York Fashion Week, you won’t find Australian designer Dion Lee near a stitch of fabric. The fashion seasons roll along very quickly and Dion admits that while “the whole process is quite evolutionary”, he doesn’t adhere to a specific design process.
“I look to art for concept references and tend to find inspiration when I travel and have time to reflect,” he says.
Dion explains that his move from his hometown of Sydney to New York’s Tribeca was as much a personal decision as it was a commitment to his brand and a quest to challenge himself and mature as a designer.
His recent Spring 17 collection was the first season Dion and his team had shown in New York since relocating the design studio, and the collection has seen an exceptional response from both press and buyers.
Only four months prior, Dion’s detailed Resort 17 collection graced the runway at Australia’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. While the expert craftsmanship of the collection was structured, seams were folded and left undone, finished with edgy Swarovski crystal detailing and light fluid silks that lend a relaxed feel.
Taking traditional tailoring techniques and cleverly constructing cutting-edge yet functional pieces, Dion designs for a woman who is confident, sensual and intriguing. His structured and sculptural designs have caught the attention of many of the world’s biggest influencers.
“It’s always really rewarding to see the brand being worn by inspirational women, whether they are celebrities or one of our clients,” Dion says.
The excitement around Dion Lee and his charismatic collections continues to soar as women covet the tailored silhouettes and original cocktail frocks. But only time will reveal what the promising talent has up his structured sleeve.
Take 5 with Dion Lee…
Favourite thing to do on a Saturday night?
Go out for dinner at a fun restaurant with a few close friends.
Exercise of some sort, whether it’s a beach run or yoga, then brunch.
What is one of the best shows you’ve watched recently?
I recently watched the documentary The Wolfpack, a film about six brothers who lived most of their adolescent lives captive in a Manhattan apartment, who used film to escape their reality. I found their story so fascinating, particularly as they are now filmmakers and artists themselves.
Favourite musician at the moment?
We just had emerging Norwegian artist Okay Kaya perform at the launch of our our Suit collection in New York. Her music is haunting and she played a mesmerising acoustic set!
What is your signature style?
Relaxed and low-maintenance. Next dream holiday? Now that our NY show is over, I’m planning a holiday to Italy to recharge!
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