Wayne Lee is packing up her city sidewalk-ready aesthetic and taking it shoreside with a debut capsule collection for Resort that will be sold exclusively at Barneys. “Barneys is really where Wayne got its start,” said Lee of the her namesake label’s partnership with the retailer. (Literally, in this case: Lee was a buyer for the store before her co-workers encouraged her to turn her self-designed work outfits into a full-fledged label.) “Barneys has always supported my career and vision. This just made sense.”
A recent vacation the designer took to Saint Martin gave rise to the 18-piece lineup, which features Caribbean-inspired shades of cerulean and cobalt blue, as well as black and white stripes reminiscent of beach umbrellas. Keep in mind that Lee is seven months pregnant (read: those tropical climes felt even hotter), so it was all about super-lightweight fabrics and easy silhouettes. There were simple silk rompers with pockets that peek out from the bottom hem, a shrunken white jacket with a mesh back to show off a cute bathing suit, and plenty of matte jersey halter looks. Lee noted she’s been focusing on showing off the back “because it’s the one part of you that always looks good when you’re pregnant.” You don’t need to be expecting to wear her clothes, but it’s nice to know it couldn’t hurt.