Dion Lee Spring/ Summer 2020

by Morgan Vickery

Atop a Lower East Side high school, an enclosed recreational space was exposed to the summer elements— the venue for Dion Lee’s Spring Summer 2020 collection. The sun cast a rose-golden shadow onto the runway while oversized cage windows offered a panoramic city view. In the distance, the Freedom Tower stood proud, a melancholic yet beautiful reminder of remembrance on September 11th.

Rhythmic synths commenced as the models wrapped lookbook images and regrouped for the runway. One by one, hues of white, nude, red, green, and black stride down in monochromatic fashion. A central force throughout the collection, garter belts, hung loosely from tanks, while strapped and reinforced by thigh-highs in alternative looks. Interwoven, geometric strips of leather harnessed models into their garments, contriving a strikingly minimalistic adornment.

Another fluid yet structured collection to add under Lee’s belt. His playful approach to experimental prints and colors, like the red bandana, were intentional in adding flavor to an otherwise sensual take on lingerie-inspired garments. Dion’s evolution in high fashion is on full display in light of his recent relocation to NYC this last year.