Australian Fashion Week kicks off as we speak with a landmark present from Dion Lee. Not solely will or not it's the primary vogue present at the Sydney Opera Home, however it is going to be additionally Lee’s greatest presentation thus far, bringing collectively the various ranges inside his model—from swim to suiting to sun shades—and serving because the debut for his menswear assortment. “As a designer, I’ve at all times been drawn to designing tailoring, shirting, and outerwear, and loads of the issues which can be inside the profile of the model have at all times been barely on the extra masculine facet, so it felt like a pure development to maneuver into menswear,” Lee stated over the telephone the day earlier than his present. "It’s at all times been one thing that I’ve wished to do personally, and it’s one thing that we’ve had loads of curiosity in."
So who's the Dion Lee man? In some ways, the look is analogous to Lee’s a lot-liked womenswear—smooth, sporty, and tailor-made to a T—however with an off-the-cuff spirit that appears intrinsic to Australian type. A preview of the capsule assortment, above, exhibits a few of the cobalt blazers, crisp white anoraks, and sensible knitwear that can stroll the runway alongside his girls’s Resort 2018 assortment. “The thought was actually to point out them in tandem and the menswear helps to spotlight loads of the weather inside the girls’s assortment which have at all times been current. It type of reinforces the codes of the model,” Lee stated. “I wished to attract parallels between the mens and ladies’s and displaying them collectively is a very nice alternative to discover that correctly.”
For now, Lee’s menswear will stay a capsule assortment inside his essential line, to be offered in his dozen Australian shops and at a wider market. And although there’s aren’t plans simply but to point out menswear on the style calendar, Lee has loads of different thrilling ventures to maintain him occupied. Not solely did he lately transfer his studio from Sydney to New York—he’s already been forwards and backwards between the 2 cities a cool thrice this yr to this point—and so the prospect of a New York retail retailer looms. “We’ve positively been trying at areas and exploring alternatives at the second,” he demurs, “however we’re not speeding into something.” Hold your eyes peeled for the place Lee's designs may present up subsequent.