DION LEE SPRING 2019 – REFINING DECONSTRUCTION

The Spring 2019 catwalk balanced hi-tech futurism with 1990s minimalism that’s become synonymous with the brand’s aesthetic.

By Cody

DION LEE SPRING 2019 – REFINING DECONSTRUCTION

The Spring 2019 catwalk balanced hi-tech futurism with 1990s minimalism that’s become synonymous with the brand’s aesthetic.

This season we have seen a turn away from streetwear and a shift towards elevated deconstruction.

The Australian designer’s SS19 show at New York Fashion Week set the stage with what seemed like a toned down, nude looks. But at second glance, there was nothing simple about them. The intricate construction, asymmetry, textured layering, and exaggerated silhouettes – all of these elements transformed the models into a legion of apocalyptic femme Fatales. These women were powerful and unafraid of their sexual selves, turning a sense of futuristic warriors into a contemporary feminine quality.

Dion Lee Backstage One Sleeve Blazer Trace Lace Bandeau in Nude Mini Shorts Slim Blazer Marrow Lace Bandeau in Nude Over the Knee Shorts Trench Coat in Pink Spring 19 RTWDion Lee Backstage Lace Encasement Suspended Dress in White Encasement Lace Perf Dress in White Spring 19 RTWDion Lee Backstage Pinstripe Suspended Trench Skirt Blazer in Navy Suspended Jumpsuit in White Collar Top and Pinstripe Navy Bottoms Suspended Draped Dress in White Spring 19 RTW

Dion Lee specializes in sleek, modern, and sexy silhouettes. “Privacy just felt like an interesting touchpoint in terms of how people approach their bodies and communicate themselves,” he said post-show.

He homed in on privacy as the watchword influencing the aesthetic mood, showing a stellar collection underscored by refined deconstruction and reconstruction.

He expanded on last season’s idea of fusing lingerie into clothing, playing with lace barriers to control what people see and don’t see. “We built these underpinnings into the clothes,” he added. “The idea was to blur them together so you couldn’t tell which was the garment, which was the lingerie.” A black cutout dress, for instance, featured a delicate lace slip underneath that appeared inseparable.

It made for a beautiful lineup that challenged the eye. The opening tailored jackets illustrated the idea best: asymmetric, constructed with the illusion of being pulled back, or with halves to show different parts of the body. He managed to inject sensuality and modern minimalism into the impeccably tailored suits and structured jumpsuits that came down the runway.

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