Wayne Lee, lover of all things black and navy, pushed herself to use more color for this year's Wayne Resort effort. The designer was eager, she said, to climb out of the "dark, liquid-y pool of winter."
Lee jumped right in, offering a series of rainbow-bright frocks and separates that played nicely to her minimalist-with-a-flip aesthetic. A single-ruffle dress with cutout shoulders came in canary yellow, while a tennis dress was rendered in eye-popping fuchsia. A bi-level shirtdress in a subdued taupe had a yellow silk organza tutu peeking out from the bottom of its sculptural skirt, and a silk T-shirt got a graphic upgrade in color-blocked blue, yellow, and red with a jumbo-size strip of rickrack across the front. The season's print was a "reworked" bird-of-paradise flower, done in purples and oranges and an unexpected—and surprisingly welcome—leopard print. "It's a little whimsical and a little unpredictable," Lee said.
For those who prefer predictability, the designer offered more of her in-demand skorts—a style that is creeping up in popularity across the board—as well as a few key pieces in noncolors, including a charming minidress with a white strapless top and a little black skort.
The lineup worked so well because Lee accomplished exactly what she set out to do. "There's no distance between me and the collection," she said. "It really is me."