Dion Lee Fall 2013.
I felt like a spoiled child when I first spotted Dion Lee’s collection in London. I had a “I want it now, now, now” fit, but very sadly and frustratingly it was too late, as his showroom had closed for the season.
Plum, my Beirut shop, had to wait! My clients had to wait! I had to wait, and hold myself back from tearing my hair and screaming out loud!
Five months later, in March 2013, I got to see his next collection in Paris. It was amazing. Dion is a fashion architect, and his pieces are designed to beautify women’s bodies and make them sexier. Dion has always been drawn to the process of creation, taking inspiration from plants, animals, meteorology, geology, and science, according to Marie Kwok, his right-hand woman.
It is not a case of “Dion said let there be style, and there was style,” but very close to it. Indeed, a few of his pieces were made with 3-D patterns, multidimensional prints, and fabrics that I had never seen or felt before. Everything was different, and his collection was full of innovation and color.
Dion is the next big thing, and the fashion press knows it. Maya Singer said, “This collection was something of an engineering marvel,” and Fashion Wire Daily called Dion’s premiere collection “the best debut by any designer on the planet this year.” Furthermore, his fans include Iman, Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova, Rihanna, and Beyoncé.
His collection finally made it to Plum, but just for a little while before it was snapped up. You can also find Dion’s art at Matches, Shopbop, Bergdorf Goodman, Joyce, and Net-a-Porter.
For more information, visit http://www.dionlee.com/.
Photos: Courtesy of Dion Lee