December 19, 2012
Robert Frost once wrote, "Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice, from what I've tasted of desire, I hold with those who favor fire." By the looks of her pre-fall collection, so does designer Wayne Lee, a longtime fan of Frost. She set a dark, romantic mood with a red-hot solar flare print that blazed on a layered peplum top with duchesse-satin trim and a matching pair of sporty shorts. The athletic vibe carried over to black tuxedo trousers with elongating white stripes down the side. In embossed crocodile, lamb leather, and silk wool, the jacket that went with them was less sportif than luxe. Ditto a vest top in the same material that was styled with a sheer side-slit tank and leather to-the-knee biker shorts. A series of laser-cut separates with a lacelike lattice pattern rounded out the range, demonstrating Lee's continued efforts to elevate the label. "I'm always looking to build on the brand, without skimping on details," she said.