Todd Lynn’s Future Perfect Couture Punks for S/S’12

by Katie on October 4, 2011

Todd Lynn’s quiet drama is recognised as a consistent sophisticated staple at London Fashion Week and his show always ensures a seasoned selection of top editors front row.  This season, however, Lynn’s show did more than wow with his razor sharp reconstructed tailoring, he wooed us.
From the first outfit, a smooth fluid silk short drape dress with a deep plunge futuristic neckline, this collection raised the bar for London, taking it to Paris levels in terms of focus, fluidity, direction and cut. Here was the direction that Armani should be taking with it’s strong shoulders, high peaked lapels, raw edges, safety pin detailing and sharp lines. Lynn showed vision, verve and the nerve to step outside the box of this current season’s infatuation with prettiness with sleek clothing with a global stance.
Lynn sliced open jackets and trousers at the hip to reveal layers of texture or bare skin adding a peek-a-boo sexiness atop the luxe nature of the collection. Linen trench like shirts were shown over shorts, architectured drape dresses were cut sublimely in the manner of a couturier, soft mink suede jackets were teamed with metallic box pleat skirts and sharp shoulder jackets in stretch linen and cotton had safety pin details in the manner of a complex couture punk.  And yet, there was a lightweight feel to this collection highlighted by the muted nature of the colours – ice blue, soft lilac grey, mink, metallic silver, pure white and distressed black.
Chopped raw edges and cut outs, metallic pins (in collaboration with Shaun Leane), metallic foiled boucle and sexy panelled knits may sound confrontational but these looks slinked down the catwalk enthralling all in their wake, like a future perfect feminine power woman with devastating distinction.
Lynn’s theme may have been disorder and deconstruction with the sense of empowerment immediately following but this was a collection to lift and inspire rather than scare. Genius detailing and thought, luxury fabric mixes, supremely crafted cutting and clean linear lines made this collection the best of the week. If only all designers could raise their game like this, London Fashion Week would be known for more than it’s creativity but for its craft. 

Catwalk pics supplied by kind permission of www.style.com

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