Wednesday, May 05, 2010

DION LEE & Kirrily Johnston ‘APOCOLYPTO’ - Day 4, May 6th 2010, Thu - Rosemount Australian Fashion Week


Fashion Week’s most highly anticipated show
First ever fashion show in this iconic Australian location
Backdrop of Sydney Harbour and Harbour Bridge within 3 tiered space
Front row celebrity attendance of Sydney ‘it’ girls including Lara Bingle, Ruby Rose, Gracie Otto, Kate Waterhouse

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After unveiling his debut collection at RAFW, Dion Lee proved himself as a new designer to emerge from the Australian fashion industry.

The 25-year-old Sydney-based designer graduated from Fashion Design Studio, Sydney Institute of Technology in early 2007 and has already secured himself some stellar stockists to start selling his wares.

Inspired by the construction of clothing, the Lee's work focuses primarily on innovative cut and pattern making. Often woven and intertwined, the young designer utilises structured and fluid tailoring, transparency and opacity and functional detailing to create a modern balance of innovation and wearability.

Dion Lee's Spring/Summer 2008 collection was inspired by the functions of the human body, specifically the concept of mitosis. Using cell division to inform the construction of his designs, layers divide and separate in two, creating graphic, cell-like shapes and functions.

A relative newcomer on the local fashion scene, Lee already holds impressive credentials, having gained industry experience working with Tina Kalivas, and has acquired a host of awards including the 2007 Crosier Eveningwear Award

Dion's third collection shown at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week in April 2009 caught the attention of buyers and media in Australia and abroad.

Dion recently won the Prix De Marie Claire Award for Best Up and Coming Designer this year, as well as the Fashion Graduate of the Year at Mercedes Brisbane Fashion Festival. Dion was also a nominated for the SOYA awards 2008.

The Dion Lee label aims to pioneer a contemporary Australian fashion identity, as the label moves into the international market in the years to come.



Kirrily Johnston’s Rosemount Australian Fashion Week (RAFW) Spring Summer 10/11 Collection imagines the future of the human race, post Apocalypse, at the dawn of a New World Age.

Leaving behind civilization as we know it, the people of the Apocalypto inhabit an urban jungle – a space where roads are torn up by tree roots and sky scrapers are over run with creeper vines and bird life. The wilderness, once tamed into submission, now exists harmoniously with humanity in a world ancient and modern, savage and sophisticated.

Inspired by the colours of the earth, Apocalypto balances a pallet of black, ecru, red, stone, coffee and silver. Each colour has been featured as a solid and as a dynamic stripe to compliment the two stunning sister prints in the collection. Working in unison, the two prints create a connection between past and future; both reference the ancient civilizations of the past as well as the sharp contemporary shapes of the future.

Apocalypto is a uniquely beautiful collection that offers elegant gowns in triple layered silk georgette, fine cotton unisex knit wear, double cotton gauze day dresses, aged leather boleros and sexy asymmetrical pieces each with the signature touch of Kirrily Johnston drapery and volume. With intricate detailing such as hand wrapped embroidery, gunmetal hardware and rustic looking hand oxidized silver beading; each piece in the collection is as luxurious as it is wearable. The accessories story also includes hand detailed platform ankle boots and a stunning range of sandals, belts and cuffs for both men and women in aged leather, wrapped embroidery and zebra skin.

Kirrily Johnston’s recently launched “KJ by Kirrily Johnston” has also been styled back throughout the show, demonstrating the versatility and wearability of each complimentary garment.

Kirrily Johnston’s Apocalypto Collection show will attract Sydney’s leading celebrities including Alyssa Sutherland, Belinda Seper, Michelle Jank, Kate Waterhouse, Miranda Otto, Gracie Otto, Erika Heyntaz Fernando Frisoni, Brendan Cowell, Jonathon Pease, Sibylla Budd, Saskia Burmeistar and Maurizio Terzini for one of fashion weeks most innovative shows.

Kirrily Johnston is distributed to leading international stockists (New Zealand, Canada, The Middle East and Asia), nationwide at David Jones department stores (Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney) and Kirrily Johnston’s flagship stores in Sydney and Melbourne.

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