Though Sydney, Australia-based designer Dion Lee has only been showing at New York Fashion Week for two years, he's already made a mark on the city's fashion community. I wasn't surprised, then, to see an impressive roster of notables — including fellow Aussie (and perennial Fashionista favorite) Gemma Ward — in the front row at his spring 2016 reveal on Saturday afternoon. The palpable excitement that filled the intimate Milk Studios space can (and should) first be attributed to the designs themselves, but his growing popularity on the red carpet certainly doesn't hurt, either.
Between Cara Delevingne, Nicola Peltz, Margot Robbie and Diane Kruger, Lee's celebrity client list is filled with model-turned-actress types who look particularly stunning in body-hugging pieces. It helps, then, that his silhouette is as versatile as it is chic, as well as recognizable when put to use at film festivals and on the late-night talk show circuit.
Lee's most recent range, which was loaded with asymmetrical overlays and supple silks, will be no different. "It's been a very organic process," Lee tells me post-show when asked about his expanding red carpet footprint. "I design the clothes in a way that does feel quite sensual and athletic, so I think it's a result of that; [celebrities] just want to feel unique." While the show did remain consistent as far as his graceful aesthetic was concerned, it also encapsulated a wide range of styles and personalities. Delevingne, for one, would look smashing in the boxy, deep-cut mini dress that opened the show; Kruger could pull off the fringed, woven and swingy frock that closed it.
If this collection was any indication, Lee has no plans to step away from Gotham in the near future. "I'm definitely much more comfortable showing here now," he says. "I'll be spending more time in New York going forward."