Womenswear designer LiLee was the first of four to grace the catwalks in our Ones-To-Watch group show this season, the perfect launching pad for budding young designers. The first look breezed out in a cloud of white, as a prettily adorned sculptural dress fluttered down the catwalk, folds of sheer white fabric clustered to create a bed of raw edged texture. With a minimalist palette of predominantly white and touches of navy and black, LiLee’s collection focused on form, detail and silhouette. The fabrics were intricately yet subtly detailed, a trellis motif mesh, sheer white lines cut into crisp tailored yet delicate separates and ghostly chiffon whispered down the catwalk. Dresses featured tiers and pleats reminding me of slatted white windows, slivers of skin peeking through between the opaque sections. Diagonals and vertical lines traced the model’s silhouettes, as short neat collars crisply contrasted the feminine forms. The collection was complimented with white and gold chain necklaces rested tidily upon collarbones. Overall a stunningly fresh collection to kick of an inspired group show.

words by Lara Angol
Images by Natalia Ilina
Illustrations by Kelly Sheppard and Vic Riches

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