Feb 16, 2016 1:04PM

Dion Lee Keeps It Ice Cool For FW16 @ NYFW

What's cooler than being cool?

Once again, Aussie legend Dion Lee delivers a ~flawless~ and detailed collection for FW16, which he presented as part of MADE's NYFW program. This season, he took strong and womanly silhouettes — like structured blazers and onesies — and updated them with dazzlin' crystals, pierced silver loops (made by fellow Aussie designers Sarah & Sebastian) and waist-synching belts.

"I often find references and formulate ideas for each collection while I am travelling," Dion told us ahead of the presentation. "I always make time to see exhibitions, live music and find things that stimulate me in different ways. I have worked out that I am most creative when I feel relaxed, so I often need to force myself into relaxation." 

In addition to accessorising his collection with cool hardware, the designer interrupted classic designs with contemporary neck cut-outs and art-inspired patterns, in a muted palette of military green, burgundy and navy. "This season builds on our Pre-Fall collection, with a focus on outerwear and voluminous silhouettes," Dion notes.

"The collection references the work of artist Otto Piene and experiments with pierced fabrics, back lighting and displaced embellishment. I recently saw an exhibition of the Zero Art Movement while travelling in Istanbul which really stayed with me while I was designing. There is a slightly tougher character to the woman I am designing for this season, which comes through in the silhouette and accessories."

Photography: Richard Gilligan for MADE
Shot on location at Milk Studios.

Ava Nirui