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Dion Lee Treats New York to a Collage of Australiana for Fall 2014 (Runway Review)



They say distance makes the heart grow fonder, and for his second season showing at New York Fashion Week, Australian designer Dion Lee assembled a collage of all things Aussie. Models stomped in-synch to Icehouse’s Aussie pub rock hit “Great Southern Land,” Lara Bingle sat front row with Phoebe Tonkin and Nicole Trunfio, and the clothes treated New York to a scrubbed-up version of retro Australiana.

Lee cited his inspiration as Australian photo artist Rosemary Laing’s surreal landscapes. But he started things off on a less fantastical note, sending out tailored separates in boxy cuts and a grey palette. These pieces apparently riffed off convicts’ uniforms from the late 18th and 19th centuries, though the skinny pants and fold-over jackets were as downtown as they were down under. 

From there he paused on lush knitwear before segueing into what he’s known best for: bodycon dresses and technical theatrics. Crocodile, snakeskin and outback fauna showed up on bondage-strap bodices and fitted leather, and his final few dresses – with mirrored paneling and sheer skirts – almost looked like illusions.

His fans on both sides of the equator should find plenty to work with next season.