June 13, 2012 New York
Editors and buyers at Sydney fashion week last month grumbled about the absence of Dion Lee. The 26-year-old up-and-comer with the skills to match his ambition has opted to show in London in September instead. But he's in New York this week showing off Resort, and he brought a sunny, athletic down under vibe with him. Lee grew up near the ocean in Sydney, and its influence was reflected here. You could see it in the fine neoprene bonded to Lycra he used for a skirtsuit and dress with laser-cut detailing at the back. In the sporty feel of a silk cupro zip-up jacket and matching shorts. In the barely-there-ness of a peplum top worn with a sheer wrap evening skirt. Another clever idea: knits made from a reflective yarn. The street-style photogs will love the way they pop in the camera flash.