Dion Lee with the tote from his collection with The Daily Edited
Dion Lee is one of my favourite designers and I’ve worn pieces from his label more times than I can count. His aesthetic is always clean, sophisticated and with a fashion forward spin that makes his designs instantly unique. So whenever he launches anything new, I always think it’s worth sitting up and taking notice. You can bet it’s guaranteed to be on point, especially when it’s a collaboration with one of Australia’s most popular accessories brands, The Daily Edited.
Last year Dion launched his first men’s line and says he was interested in building out the brand to include accessories. “Working with The Daily Edited seemed like an opportunity to really create accessories that felt like they were helping me tell the story of the men’s character,” says Dion. Of the collection, The Daily Edited’s co- founder Alyce Tran says, “I’ve always loved his line and we have collaborated with other designers before so when the opportunity to work with Dion came up we wanted to take the collaboration in a different direction to our previous collaborations with a menswear capsule.”
The range includes three main designs – a messenger bag, a tote bag and wash bag in a chic colour palette of black, navy and khaki. “With men’s wear it’s much more intuitive and personal and it’s more about what I would wear and what I’m attracted to,” says Dion. “The palette was really about things that I would put together and colours that I would work back into my own wardrobe.”
Whilst the range is technically a men’s line the designs are so minimalist that I think it could work equally as well in a woman’s wardrobe. So if you’re looking to spoil the man in your life or are just in the market for a stylish new bag, this is one collab definitely worth checking out.
Scroll down to shop a few of my favourite pieces from the collection
Dion Lee in New York, says the collection is largely inspired by his own wardrobe
After yesterday’s vibrant look I wanted to dial it right back today and opted for a sleek monochrome ensemble for my last day at Fashion Week. I love a dress in crisp white—it’s just so effortless and classic. This Stella McCartney midi dress seemed perfect for today’s show at Bondi Beach, as it has a light and airy vibe, yet its structured silhouette makes it ideal for an industry event. I wanted to keep my accessories simple so I opted for my Stella McCartney clutch with star motif and the season’s must-have shoe style, the slimline sock boot. Sometimes keeping it simple just works.
My day started… with Mother’s Day celebrations all morning then I started getting ready at 2pm for the show and shooting my content for the blog before the show kicked off at 4pm. Afterwards there was an industry dinner that followed in celebration of the launch of Fashion Week.
My outfit today…the first day is relaxed so it was about comfort and style. I went for a navy Dion Lee look which incorporated a knit top and pleated skirt.
The one look I fell in love with…a black and white laser cut skirt (that I popped on my Insta-stories).
Big trends I saw… Minimalist, sleek, understated with shades of red and blue.
Parties I attended… an intimate MBFWA/Dion Lee dinner at The Calyx at Mrs Macquaries Chair.
What I ate/drank…champagne (of course!) to celebrate the launch MBFWA followed by a beautiful dinner of salmon.
The first show of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia was Dion Lee, and as a huge fan of his designs I wanted to show my support so opted for a sweater and pleated skirt from his label. I went for a full navy look but worked in different textures in order to break the outfit up and avoid the colour looking too overwhelming. Also the weather was quite cool so it was great to be in a knit to keep warm as the show took place outdoors on the Opera House forecourt. I wanted to wear statement jewellery to add some punch to my outfit so opted for rose gold earrings and a smattering of cocktail rings. My Bulgari bag was also in navy so was in keeping with the colour palette of the day, whilst the Mimco bag/wallet added a touch of colour. And of course one of my favourite Alaïa heels had to cap off the look and my round frame Miu Miu sunglasses added a touch of fun to my ensemble. Bring on the rest of the week!
It’s the little details that really cement a look for me and this top and skirt combination from Dion Lee’s current collection had all the unique design elements I’ve come to expect from one of my favourite designers. I loved the the laser cut trim on the skirt and the subtle split which managed to turn a simple black pencil skirt and elevate it into a great look for the evening. The silk chiffon/neoprene combination of the top was a great mix of textures and with the sprinkling of Swarovski crystals it made it the ideal piece for an event that required dressier attire. The Alaia heels have proven to be a great investment piece. I’ve worn them with multiple looks, for various occasions and they have been the perfect shoe – understated enough to be quite chameleonic and but with enough interesting detail to still allow them to make a bit of a statement.
I’ve taken the classic corporate pairing of a white shirt and black skirt and given it a modern touch with a star print TOME shirt and origami style Dion Lee skirt. The star feature takes the shirt from a garden-variety button down to one with a striking point of difference and a bit of an edge. I always make sure that any pieces in my wardrobe can be worn in multiple ways and love that this Dion Lee skirt can easily be dressed up with a pair of heels or look equally as great worn casually on the weekend with a pair of white sneakers. I’ve kept my accessories quite low key and all black with my Aquazurra heels and clutch by the The Daily Editedto keep the look quite monochrome.
The schedule for Fashion Week includes long days that involve seeing multiple shows from almost every major Australian designer. Throughout the course of the week I estimate that I would have seen hundreds of different looks and with so much to see during the week picking my standouts at the end is always really tough. However these shows in particular had me wanting to buy up a storm.
This was the first show of Fashion Week and took place at the Cutaway in Sydney’s Barangaroo. I loved the whole grandeur of the show and the location was spectacular. It was a real highlight and was a great way to kick off the whole week. The whole collection was beautiful but I particularly loved the knotted tops in the collection. Just stunning.
Image: Rebecca Vallance/Flaunter
Image: Rebecca Vallance/Flaunter
I loved Rebecca Vallance’s show. It’s the first time that she has shown in Australia and I hope she comes back for seasons to come. Her collection had some really beautiful pieces that aren’t necessarily trend-driven but are classic, wardrobe staples such as beautifully tailored dresses and jackets that will last more than one season.
Image: Christopher Esber/Flaunter
Image: Christopher Esber/Flaunter
The location of this presentation was unexpected with it taking place in a yoga studio in Sydney’s Potts Point however everything was quintessential Christopher Esber. The dresses were all really beautiful but what I love about his work is the attention to detail such as one particular top with netting and ties at the back and a dress with knots all over it that I’m still dreaming about.
Image: Dion Lee/Flaunter
Image: Dion Lee/Flaunter
Dion Lee took his show to new heights by holding it in the Bloomberg high rise building in the Sydney CBD. It’s always hard to pick a favourite with Dion Lee because the craftsmanship on his garments is absolutely gorgeous. The detail on every piece is just so beautiful. He’s someone that I always look to for standout pieces and there were a few dresses there that were real showstoppers and I’m definitely bookmarking them for future events.
Bec & Bridge
One of my go-to labels for a party look is Bec & Bridge. Going to events all the time means I’m constantly on the look out for great dresses to wear and this particular collection had lots of great summer dresses in gorgeous colours that I could see myself in come summer time.
You know a collection is special when you see look after look come down the runway and want every single thing. This collection was so wearable and I could envisage several pieces in my wardrobe. Tome are one of my favourite brands and seeing their show definitely left me with some major outfit inspiration.
As we move into the cooler autumn weather and into winter you’ll soon find that the blazer will be an all important style staple to get you through the next few months. A great black blazer is a constant in my wardrobe and easily pulls together a look. Plus the hue is versatile and timeless so it’s easy to get plenty of wear out of it and also have it for seasons to come.
A great relaxed fit blazer like the one above by Chloe is the ideal cut to take you from work to the weekend. Team it with a structured bag a la the Givenchy Antigona and statement accessories like the above Karen Walker sunglasses and you’ve got yourself an eternally chic look. A single breasted jacket is always a safe bet, however if you’re after something slightly different try a double breasted option or look for interesting finishing touches such as gold buttons or a flared sleeve.
I love discovering new up and coming designers but I also have a tried and tested stable of labels that I know I will always have something that will suit my style and aesthetic. Here’s who I turn to when I’m after…
It goes without saying but Bassike is at the top of the list. I love them for staples such as tees, singlets and casual pants. I also love Uniqlo for inexpensive but quality tees and Jac+Jack who do some really gorgeous basics that are a great quality.
Cardigans and jumpers
Winter is just around the corner so I will be stocking up on lots of jumpers and cardigans to layer throughout the cooler months. I love Uniqlo once again, this time for their cashmere knits which are a great quality but also reasonably priced; Skin and Threads for knits especially cardigans; and Jac + Jack also do really great jumpers. When it comes to jumpers, I find if I spend a bit more and invest in quality woollen and cashmere pieces they will last me season after season.
A standout dress from camilla and marc
Work, formal and party wear
Work and evening events often transition from one to the other for me so I like to make sure my office attire will also work for an after work event such as a party or dinner. I always turn to Australian designers such as camilla and marc, Scanlan Theodore, Dion Lee, Bec & Bridge and Lover. While Bec & Bridge do a great party dress, I can’t go past Dion Lee for fashion-forward pieces and Scanlan Theodore for beautifully made items for the office such as blouses, dresses and pants. Lover do amazing dresses and camilla and marc are my favourite for everything from casual items such as jeans to dresses, to skirts and camis for a night out.
Lunch with Jesinta Campbell at Cured & Cultured Bar, Bennelong.
Jesinta Campbell is a model, television host and winner of the 2010 Miss Universe Australia title. The 24-year-old is engaged to Lance “Buddy” Franklin of the Sydney Swans. She talked to me about her wedding plans, the difficulties she and Franklin have faced in the past year amid reports he has been affected by mental-health issues, and her role as an ambassador for hair-product maker Joico’s “Joi of Giving” campaign.
I keep reading headlines that you’re getting married in December. Is that not true?
No. Not true at all! [Laughs] We’ve actually never set a date for the wedding. We weren’t ever going to get married this year. So, it’s quite funny that everyone thinks that we are. I remember getting off a plane and reading, “Jesinta gets married in six weeks.” I thought to myself, “Shit. I’ve got to get my dress. I’ve got to get guest list.” We always wanted a long engagement and to enjoy it. There has never been any rush for us. And it’s not really going to be a big affair anyway. It’s going to be quite intimate.
Can you give away any wedding plans?
Just something really small and intimate. We’re both really close with our families so; it’s going to be quite a small affair. I always keep reading everywhere that it’s going to be so lavish and glamorous and there’s going to be like an A list, like star-studded [event] and I’m like, “We don’t even have famous friends. What is this?” [Laughs]. It’s just going to be really, really simple and it’s just about celebrating us, our love and our families.
Buddy has had a tough year, how is he going?
He’s good. We just take each day as it comes. It has been really difficult. I’ve continued working throughout the entire process, which has taken its toll on me. I’m quite exhausted from it all. I think the hardest thing with all of it is that it’s being played out really publicly.
It must be hard having it all played out publicly.
Yes, that’s the hardest thing. This is something that has required a lot of privacy and unfortunately, we haven’t really been granted that. I think, looking back on it, yes, it has hindered his recovery and his well-being and my well-being too and it’s just really sad that we weren’t given the respect that was needed for it. I think what people fail to realise sometimes is, yes, he is a sports star and yes, I’m doing whatever it is that I’m doing, but we’re human beings and you’re playing with two people’s lives here. It’s really delicate and really fragile and I think people just need to be really wary of that… People have been a little bit nasty too. There have been some people in the media that have just said some really incredibly nasty and hurtful things that are just so left of field and so wrong in this day and age.
How do you keep strong while being such a pillar of support?
I think I’m probably stronger in the public eye than I am behind closed doors. It has definitely been really hard. But my family has definitely been a great thing for me to be able to lean on. I’ve been talking to lots of people and that’s really important as well, not to bottle it up. I’m definitely stronger in the public. There has been a lot of times that I’ve had my full hair and makeup done and I’ve had to go and get it touched up because I’ve been in tears on the way to work. But, you’ve just got to keep going. That’s unfortunately, the way that it is. You’ve just got to do what you’ve got to do and the best way you can as well. You can’t always choose the cards you’re dealt with in life and you’ve just got to do what you can with the cards that are in your hands.
Has Buddy decided to play next year?
Yes. Buddy is playing next year. He is back into training, which is fantastic. He is looking really fit and strong, which is great. We actually have been training a little bit together and I went for a run with him the other day. It was so hard because his one step is about five of mine! [Laughs]
How do you stay fit?
For me, fitness is about nutrition, your exercise and also to sleep and relaxation as well. So when I talk about fitness, I think, it’s a whole package. It’s my job at the end of the day.
What’s next for you?
I’m obviously continuing my relationship with David Jones next year, which is really exciting for me. I’m just taking every day as it comes and they’ve been an amazing company to work for. And then, I’m launching a shop on my website at the end of this year, which will be really exciting.
What are your plans for Christmas?
Christmas is all about family. We actually don’t give presents within our family. We donate whatever we would spend on each other for presents to charity.
Tell me about your role with Starlight and JOICO.
This is the second year I’ve signed up with JOICO. It’s all about granting wishes to kids over Christmas and it’s through the Starlight Foundation.
What makes you so passionate about the kids and this cause?
Children are so innocent. They’ve done nothing wrong. They don’t deserve to be [sick]. I think, especially for someone like me, who is in such a privileged position, it’s so important to give back to them and just to hear their stories.
How can people get involved?
They can just buy the Christmas gift packs online and a percentage of that goes towards the Starlight Foundation or you can make a direct donation.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
In five years’ time, I’d definitely like to be more in charge of my business and be seen as a businesswoman. At the moment, whenever I see my little bio it’s like TV presenter, model, personality, celebrity. But, I’m glad to be seen as a businesswoman. I think that’s really important. I’m still young. I’m only 24. I feel like I’ve got a long way to go.
WE ATERaw Mooloolaba yellow fin tuna with mushroom soy, pickled white radish and sesame oil;Roasted carrot salad with almonds, sherry caramel, feta and amaranth; Byron Bay pig culatello, barley toast, truffle butter and radishes