21 September 2009

LFW show report: Todd Lynn

Canadian born Todd Lynn is one of London's most exciting designers and he took centre stage this afternoon at Somerset House. Lynn's design heartland has always been androgynous, impeccably tailored womenswear, honed after years of working as a bespoke tailor to the rock glitterati such as Mick Jagger and Bono. However, this collection showcased Lynn's first foray into the unstructured, with gathered tube dresses contrasting with his signature razor-sharp tailoring in supple leather, vintage linen and stretch chainmail.

His muse for Summer 2010 is Queen Tin-Hinan, a powerful matriarch who is said to have been the 1st leader to unite the Tuareg nation in the 5th century. And thus a succession of Amazonian girls clad in tones of sand, flint, anthracite and steel swept by, evoking the ancient Queen's primitive past. Two jackets, realised in collaboration with jeweller Shaun Leane (who has frequently collaborated with Alexander McQueen) featured horn-like, metallic shoulders and tough-looking leather belts and elbow cage details further emphasised the nomadic past of Lynn's muse.

Our 5 favourite things:

1. lace up elbow cages, some with horsehair tails

2. the black leather waistcoat with buckled sides

3. gauzy jersey tops with cowl backs

4. Jodhpur style trousers

5. braided black leather top

- Charlie Miller


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