Wayne Lee is feeling a little washed out — and the result is a muted, intellectual collection. Her minimalist spring offerings came with an emphasis on white, with some black details, and a blue rope-print made in collaboration with painter Benjamin Degen. But to stay in line with her bleached-out theme, Wayne’s eyebrows and nails appeared chalky, letting the structural, hyper-layered clothing stay the focus.
Backstage, you’d knever know that Wayne Lee gave birth a week before. Photographer Joshua Garcia caught the models getting their locks teased and twisted to keep with the sun-bleached theme of “Birds of Prey,” taking the backstage beauty routine to the next level. While the inspiration of a stark desert landscape certainly revealed itself in Wayne’s clean looks, it seemed like the looser, more amorphous shapes also came from the designer’s own pregnancy as well. Sure, structure was added (in a very Belgian way) with Doc Martens and messy, braided hair, but even the shorter dresses were forgiving or billow-y at the waist.
With such a pale palette, Wayne was smart to kick the beauty routine up a notch, demonstrating how minimalism–when paired with maximal fabric–can be just as evocative as the hyper-colored digital prints we’ve been seeing all over the runways this season