Dion Lee has an innate ability to exert this quiet, subtle authority. His models walk down his runways and appear in his lookbooks with this subdued strength and intensity; hair loosely tied and nailing that effortless, nonchalant slouch that only the coolest of girls can achieve (I just look like I suffer from severe back pain). It's that same calculated simplicity that you find infusing the wearer, filling them with the same quiet confidence of his models and, after meeting him I've found, of the designer himself. We've reached a point in this decade where instead of cementing our defining look as we have done in the preceding decades (helpfully identified by some pretty handy '100 years of fashion in 100 seconds' viral videos), we're left with nondescript trends that flutter in and out of fashion as fast as someone can pull them up out of the archives.
It's a season of more is more is more and layers upon layers are the new dialogue for street style frequenters come fashion week. However, it is Lee's restrained, cerebral approach to design that allow Lee's details to do the talking, discounting excessiveness and instead favouring brilliant technological subtleties found in the slice of a hemline, the piercing hardware or yes, even a swarovski-encrusted mini dress as seen in his Resort 17 collection.
I headed to Sydney's suburban beaches to photograph Lee's FW16 collection where the striking texture of Clovelly's rocky ridges and the endless blues of the Pacific Ocean were no match for the impressive ease of Lee’s pieces. He is a man to watch, joining the faction of Aussie designers currently penetrating and dominating the global market - he'll be there turning heads with his sculptural, meticulous genius. Look closely...the brilliance is in the details.
Photography: Nicole Cooper / Art Direction, Styling, Editing; Kim Jones
Wearing: Dion Lee / Dior Boots