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LFW: Todd Lynn – Show Report

The first look at the Todd Lynn show had me exasperated. A beigey-salmony-grey short dress, simply cut but without any distinguishing features. It was the most disappointing first exit for a LFW collection all week. Raw-edged coats and asymmetric dresses followed, all in the same sludgey tones. Cutout-detailing fastened with narrow silver pins gave a futuristic industrial take on the Liz-Hurley-Versace-dress, but the overall theme was that of an industrial, futuristic military uniform. Silvery-blue knits were absolutely gorgeous and elegant in their construction, with Lynn echoing the asymmetric hemline and the teased-knit across both male and female silhouettes. Lynn’s tailoring is neat and the shapes are definitely interesting, but I left the show with a palpable sense of disappointment; the restraint shown by the designer in his forms was admirable, but it seemed like a missed opportunity. Any sense of colour, experimentation or rebellion was absent from Lynn’s work, and as a result, the show blurred itself into the middle of LFW rather than being the standout show that the designer’s potential indicates that it could be.

-Seb Law

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