Dion Lee’s mastery

At New York Fashion Week, Australian designer Dion Lee presented a wool-rich collection that demonstrates his clever use of cut

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In what is being hailed as a coming-of-age moment, Australian designer Dion Lee presented his autumn/winter 2016 collection at New York Fashion Week to overwhelmingly positive praise. In tune with the trend for American-style minimalism but presenting a host of interesting details, the designer demonstrated his technical dexterity with looks that were both enviable and highly wearable. Highlights included a pierced, pleated coat in perforated boiled Merino wool, circle-cut wool mesh dresses and tunics, Merino wool gauze polo-necks (offering a hint of transparency to the wearer’s skin), and double-faced Merino wool trench coats, all finished and fastened with metal discs that punctuated the clean lines of the fabric.

Lee has a longstanding relationship with wool, which included the designer’s participation as Australian finalist in the International Woolmark Prize in 2013. Since then, he has continued to use wool in his seasonal collections in innovative ways. In April, the designer will release a new ready-to-wear tailoring collection, SUIT, in collaboration with The Woolmark Company, imbuing corporate work wear with his innate sense of style and mastery of cut. 

[Photo Top] Credit: Ilya S. Savenok, Getty Images

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