Dion Lee Line II AW2012

Dion Lee’s third outing for his tailoring-focused diffusion collection, Line II, continues along the same blue collar, deconstructed lines of its predecessors – although it feels a bit less masculine and graphic, and instead begs to be lounged around in away from boiling vats and grease and stuff.

Taking cues from utilitarian construction site wear, the collection still has a softer, more decidedly feminine feel to it – realised in sheer, wrap and cut-out shirt dresses complete with reverse racerback apron harness straps and exposed, plunging backs. Belted waists and zip detailing give you the impression that these are the kind of clothes that change according to the wearer, welding iron or no welding iron. Masculine brogues, softly-tailored pants and – as always – standout structured outerwear still provide the kind of protection you’ll need the next time you decide to do a Jennifer Beals circa Flashdance.

Shot by Bec Parsons, the lookbook stars radiant 90s supermodel, Emma Balfour, who also appears in the fifth installment of LoveWant, and was styled by one of three of LoveWant’s power publishers Imogene Barron. Minimalist hair and makeup is a clean change from the paint-laden lady of Line II’s past. I still stand by my belief that Lee should have had a hand in designing our Olympic uniforms.

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