June 20, 2012 New York
Wayne Lee is still thinking about a trip she took to the Caribbean a year ago. Perhaps it's because she learned an important lesson there about tropical dressing. "I brought all my black clothing and I was so out of place," she said. "In Anguilla you have to wear color." Her new Resort collection follows that guideline. Her hue of choice was a fluorescent green—on an inverted-pleat miniskirt, a boxy tube dress, and a button-up tank. "Kelp," she called it, like the seaweed. Vivid memories of the sea also lent themselves to a cobalt blue and bright yellow anemone print that appeared on a short-sleeve shift dress and a "peekaboo" skirt with an extra, "just for fun" flap in the back. Also in the mix: Lee's signature sporty-chic separates, most notably a white cropped mesh baseball jacket and "denim" leather shorts.
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