First Look: Dion Lee Brings His Spring 2017 Collection to Oahu, Hawaii

First Look: Dion Lee Brings His Spring 2017 Collection to Oahu, Hawaii

Halfway between his birthplace, Sydney, and his new home, New York, the designer captures his latest collection in paradise. Take an exclusive behind the scenes look.

Halfway between his birthplace, Sydney, and his new home, New York, the designer captures his latest collection in paradise. Take an exclusive behind the scenes look.

Text: Nick Remsen

"It went really well, we caught that perfect morning light," said designer Dion Lee in perhaps the most beautiful pseudo-interview location of all time: China Walls, a surf-abutting lava-rock ledge on Oahu, Hawaii's southern edge. He'd just plunged off said cliffs into the azure water. How could something not go well in a place like this?

The day before, Lee and company photographed material in skate parks and basketball courts on Hawaii's most populated island to create content around his Spring 2017 collection. ("I wanted something a little skate, and not cliche," he said.) He was in town for Honolulu Fashion Week, where he showed an eight-look edit from the lineup. "It's cool," he added, "we aren't in any stores here yet, so we're getting Dion Lee in front of a new audience." No doubt, Spring's shimmery pink tank dress, tearaway fuchsia anorak, vertically banded alabaster dress and more will appeal to the languid-luxe sensibilities of the islands' fashion flock.

As it happens, Hawaii functions somewhat as a metaphorical midway point for the designer. His business, until recently, was based in his original hometown of Sydney, Australia. He has six standalone stores alone Down Under. This year, though, he moved to New York City, where he is also transitioning parts of his business. "The geography of this move is challenging," he said. "As beautiful as it is, Sydney feels so far away from the core of this industry." Lee mentioned further development of swimwear, which he launched in 2015, and eyewear, which debuts with Spring 2017.

Here, V gets an exclusive BTS look at Lee's Oahu excursion, in the slideshow below.

Credits:

Dion Lee Spring 2017 Campaign Photography Bowen Arico  Styling Melissa Levy  Model Maria Zakrzewska

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