And so in the great cycle of fashion and Resort 2018 Dion Lee upstaged everyone with the Sydney Opera House venue. The lowering clouds lifted just long enough for his women and men to walk out from between Utzon’s legendary sails. Sauntering. With a strong sense of the androgynous, those pants so slouchy worn with dresses which always seems so antipodean. It’s a long way from the Kings Cross car park, but his signature is now so strong pure planes of colour, laser cutting, twists, turns intricato on the evening dresses and as detailed as the tiles on the roof. Dion’s greatest hits. The whole collection in the colours of the Olympic Rings, sporty, easy clever shapes of 2000 and the future. He is on a mission. All that architecture, expanses of concrete. His clothes perfectly linear with those RM Williams boots and Sarah & Sebastian jewellery. The goods. Today it was revealed that he will design the uniforms for 650 members of the Opera House staff, front of house to riggers, good fit. He knows this place, inside out, shown here before of course so memorably in the Northern Foyer. Backstage he told us “It’s a bunch of different things actually – I’m showing menswear for the first time, and resort inSydney of course in such an iconic venue as well… I like designing menswear but for now it’s just a capsule, and I’m very happy.” Us too.
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