Second Line

Second Line

>> I think I must be overly giddy over the fact that I'm going to Sydney again for RAFW which last year gave me the worse case of post-holiday blues, an indication that I had a splendid blast.  On another RAFW/Aussie related note here, Dion Lee, whose name needs no introduction if you've been following my Dion Lee lovin on the blog, will be releasing his Line II collection to drop this July/August.  I hesitate to call it a diffusion but instead, it hones in on the shirting and soft tailoring elements of his mainline collection – it's the wearable essence of Lee's aesthetic condensed into fifteen styles of shirts and dresses in colours of mostly black, nude, sky blue and cyan in the suitably breathable fabrics of silk georgette, faille, poplin and silk cotton.  Just the listing those colours and fabrics is making me crave that climate of Sydney (at least to my memory) which makes even the simplest of a white shirt look utterly beautiful in the sunlight. 

These are just a smattering of images from a whooping 200-page book entitled 'II' photographed by Bec Parsons and art directed by Kate Rogers.  It's page after page of the kind of fresh-faced beauty that makes me hate my skin a little bit (speaking of which, I've just recently featured on awesome beauty blog Into the Gloss talking about beauty woes…). 

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On another Dion Lee note, what will be old news to those in Australia is a surprise for me.  He's recently teamed up with what I gather is an Australian mid-level brand Cue (price points similar to Whistles/Reiss) to collaborate on a pretty spectacular collection that has been dropping into Cue stores over the past few weeks and includes trenchcoats, cut-out blazers, leather biker-themed shirts and skirts – a Dion Lee spin on wardrobe staples.   I'm hoping some of this will still be around when I get to Sydney.  I wouldn't call it a typical hi-lo collaboration but it is interesting to see Dion Lee expanding his lines in different ways, making his mainline collection all the more enticing to see when he shows at RAFW. 

Outfit C1 Outfit G2

Outfit K1 Outfit M1

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  1. Kylie

    2011-04-14 at 1:35 PM

    Beauty is only airbrush deep 😉 I am totally in love with the back of he garment in photo 3. Xx
    http://memoirmode.com

  2. Raggedy Ann

    2011-04-14 at 1:47 PM

    I have to say I’m so impressed with you, Susie! You raise the standard for bloggers everywhere. Keep up the good work!

  3. Dreamwhispering

    2011-04-14 at 1:53 PM

    great post!
    nice photos!
    love your work!
    🙂
    kiss from Barcelona*

  4. tanya

    2011-04-14 at 1:55 PM

    Excited to hear you’re coming to my hometown again Susie! Have been reading your blog for yonks! Send me an email if you’d like any of the Dion Lee/Cue stuff as I’d be more than happy to get it and ship it over if you’d like/buy it and keep it here for you until you reach Sydney for RAFW 🙂

  5. Danielle Louise Hunter

    2011-04-14 at 2:12 PM

    Im absolutly in love with practically all of Dion Lee’s garments, there so interesting and chic in such a modern way, my favorite is the 3rd image down (shirt with cut away back detail). When are you jetting off to Sydney? Im going to visit friends and do some research at the end of May :), so exited!!
    http://newestwrinkledlh.blogspot.com/

  6. judspuddy

    2011-04-14 at 3:10 PM

    YOU’RE COMING TO SYDNEY AGAIN AHHHHHH ‚ô•
    i hope i can meet you one day susie c:

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    2011-04-14 at 3:39 PM

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  8. leonie

    2011-04-14 at 4:51 PM

    so diggin the back in the 3rd shot!
    ‚úòleonie
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  9. emma

    2011-04-14 at 6:51 PM
  10. mary

    2011-04-14 at 10:15 PM

    Oh, how I love Dion Lee <3
    I'm glad you like Sydney though!

  11. Sammi

    2011-04-14 at 10:45 PM

    I just love this so much. Have fun in Sydney!
    Eat your heart out,
    Sammi

  12. amalie

    2011-04-14 at 10:47 PM

    gorgeous! love the nude colors.
    xx

  13. Natalya

    2011-04-14 at 11:42 PM

    These australian designs are beautiful, have a blast! XOXO, http://www.NatalyasCloset.com

  14. Nadia - The Animal Orchestra

    2011-04-15 at 2:54 AM

    The third drop of the Dion Lee x Cue collaboration will be arriving in store DURING fashion week – so you’ll be able to get first dibs on the leather collection (which looks to be the most exciting drop, in my opinion).

  15. ella

    2011-04-15 at 3:13 AM

    very nice, i think you will like this moncler jacket http://www.monclershower.com/Moncler-Down-Jacket-Branson-Navy-Black

  16. tasha

    2011-04-15 at 3:33 AM

    I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but someone at anOthermag.com reads your blog voraciously. They’re constantly reposting stuff from your posts . . . http://www.anothermag.com/loves/view/10884/Dion_Lee_Line_II

  17. Estela

    2011-04-15 at 4:41 AM

    Great pictures! I loved the detail on the third one. Ur sooooooooooooooo good!

  18. Nicole

    2011-04-15 at 8:40 AM

    I love your blog, how gorgeous!
    XOXO Nicole, VPV Team Member
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  19. Olive

    2011-04-15 at 8:58 AM

    OMG Those shirts just amazing!

  20. dresswedding

    2011-04-15 at 9:37 AM

    love your blog, how gorgeous!
    XOXO Nicole, VPV Team Member

  21. fancypants

    2011-04-15 at 10:01 AM

    Cue has been a staple in my wardrobe for years. The primary attraction for me has always been that apart from serving up some genuinely awesome gear, they also manufacture most of their garments (apart from knits and occasional odd and end)in Australia.
    The Dion Lee x Cue is beautiful but unfortunately seems to be tailored for the long and lean a la yourself, Susie. I believe there will be Dion Lee drops all the way till June so you might be lucky and even snaffle a bargain!

  22. Barbara

    2011-04-15 at 10:06 AM

    love your work!
    X X
    Barbaralike
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  23. Sarah

    2011-04-15 at 11:03 AM

    Beautiful clothes, models and photos!
    Love your blog, as always.
    http://dollydotgirl.blogspot.com

  24. Moda de la Mode

    2011-04-15 at 12:24 PM

    Love your blog so much and as always this is a great post…I love the simplicity of these designs!! Feel free to visit my blog…

  25. Jessie

    2011-04-15 at 1:02 PM

    i die everytime I hear the name Dion Lee

  26. susie_bubble

    2011-04-15 at 6:01 PM

    Thanks for all the Cue heads-up… looking forward to rummaging through the stores!
    Tasha: They have my permission to use my posts on their reader…! Don’t worry!

  27. lyrebirdgully

    2011-04-16 at 1:35 AM

    Susie, how lovely that you can make it back here to Sydney again! Hope you have another rewarding stay!
    Coincidentally I dropped into my local Cue store last night, and was so surprised and excited to see the Dion Lee rack. Very reasonably priced too. I tried on the suit pieces, the cuts are thrilling, but sadly the fabric in the pants felt too scratchy for me. And alas! my elbows looked like nipples peeking out at the top of the arm slits of the otherwise divine blazer above!(sigh, boo hoo). But I hope the collaboration is a success –I’m definitely checking out each new batch of Dion Lee for CUE as it’s racked.

  28. Maria

    2011-04-18 at 8:13 AM

    I bought two pieces from the Dion Lee/Cue collection today. Both are made from beautiful fabrics and have interesting cuts. The collection is made a little bit smaller and shorter than the main Cue line, but has a similar price point. All in all, gorgeous investment buys.

  29. bling duck fashion

    2011-04-18 at 12:57 PM

    love the last pic! the tattered boyfriend polo look is just so gorgeous!

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