>> 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…).
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.