Wayne Lee can't seem to kick the memories of her trip to the Caribbean last year. Her Spring collection found her diving deeper into the ocean. Her dream has always been to be a marine biologist. The under-the-sea theme was most evident in the prints. Lee incorporated four into the latest range. One was inspired by the Portuguese man-of-war, a jellyfishlike invertebrate that has 30-foot-long tentacles. ("I had them cut shorter for the clothes," she joked.) Another print was a digital rendering of a coral reef. It showed up on tanks, slouchy boy-fit pants, and a baseball-style bomber jacket.
The wares were more colorful than what we usually see at Wayne. "Maybe it's because I had a kid," she said. "I have been reading a lot of children's books, and it definitely changes the way you think." Cobalt blue, conch pink, and a neon yellow were mixed in with the line's signature black and white palette. Shapes and silhouettes stayed true to the Wayne DNA but were updated with cool details. Racer-back tanks got side zippers, mini skorts (and skort dresses!) were lined in contrasting colors, and flaps on cropped pants were strategically placed to create an apron effect. It's pieces like these that we'd like to see more of next season.