Dion Lee

Body-con is Dion Lee‘s signature, and it’s proven a huge hit at home in Australia. The 28-year-old designer opened a store in Sydney in December and his Melbourne boutique is set to open later this month. This week in Paris, Lee unveiled a Resort collection that explored labyrinths and the notion of connectivity through prints, textured fabrics, and deft patternmaking. There were plenty of his fits-like-a-glove dresses, but the collection was notable for the diversity of its silhouettes. At its most literal, the labyrinth showed up in white against a lawn-print background on a boxy minidress or a knee-length halter dress. Both looked easy enough to wear. Another halter-neck dress in leather and bonded jersey reproduced the maze’s geometries in a less satisfying way—it looked stiff. The most compelling looks in the collection featured twisted and folded fabric at the waist. Origami came to mind. It was a real marvel that all that extra material didn’t add bulk. Elsewhere, new proportions included shorts and skorts with a filmy skirt overlay. A swimwear line with twisted fabric details, meanwhile, had sufficient appeal to make even the most bikini-averse reconsider her position.
—Tina Isaac-Goizé
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