December 21, 2011 New York
Wayne Lee's business keeps growing. The designer gave birth to a baby boy right around her Spring runway show, and now she's adding a pre-fall collection to her plate. Like many of the other newcomers to this season's schedule, Wayne wants to make "wear it now" clothes-— layers to build up or pare down as desired. The highlights, as usual for Lee, were clean and straightforward, with a balance of masculinity and edgy femininity. On the boyish side, she showed suiting separates like a short skirt in a custom python print with tuxedo tail-like flaps. A one-sleeved dress in "dried-blood" silk with a scoop-back cutout, meanwhile, tapped into the label's more sensual side, as did tinsel-colored panne velvet pieces, including a high-neck long dress cut on the bias. Unlike Wayne's first Resort collection, this pre-season lineup will be sold to retailers in addition to Barneys, and further expansions are reportedly in the works.
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