Sunday, 16 March 2014


One of my London Fashion Week AW14 highlights was reporting from the Todd Lynn London catwalk on behalf of Debenhams. Shown in notoriously naughty Soho nightclub,  The Box, to an intimate crowd of around 40, a ticket to view Lynn's 'Poison Against Time' AW14 proved as hot as the double-shot, extra-hot soya lattes fuelling the fashion crowd round town. As well as attending the catwalk, I also put my questions to Todd Lynn about his AW collection, from his inspirations to how he celebrated post-catwalk! Prior to the show, Debenhams kindly invited me to pick Todd Lynn/EDITION outfit to wear at the show, continue reading to see my show look

I picked the black fit and flare dress to wear from the Todd Lynn/EDITION collection. The sheer cut-away detail at the neck  and the cool leather panels add a high-fashion edge (ideal for LFW), skater cuts are also super flattering, nipping in at the smallest part of the torso. In the true Todd Lynn woman spirit, I toughed the look up with my flat black Next boots and a chain strap iridescent Kurt Geiger bag [similar]. 

The venue of The Box nightclub set a sultry mood for the show, with glamorous hostesses greeting guests at the door with Raspberry collins cocktails. 

In the show notes, Todd cited his fall inspiration as German painter Jonas Burgert, who used his art to address 'human existence' and man's need to make sense of life. Some references were obvious - a quick bit of Google research and it's clear that the teal crayoned on eyebrows picked out a reoccurring pigment used in Burgert's work. In contrast to the artist, the show notes informed that the  Todd Lynn A/W woman  lives in the here and now, dressing with a sense of carpe diem - using sharp tailoring, layering and wrapped fabrics to armour herself for the daily battle. 

The opening looks came in a goth-inspired palette of black on black, with emphasis on textures, fabrics and asymmetric cuts. This was followed by a flash of silver - in the flesh, the metalled jacquards, supple leathers and foiled finishes looked seriously luxe. 

Now, I don't wear fur, it's a personal choice and it doesn't sit easy with me. So I hope the beautiful grey fox furs tipped with highlighter green are picked up by the high street and recreated in faux come fall; draped over metallic thread-woven grey/green overcoats these were my stand-out looks. I didn't realise that Todd Lynn also designs for Louboutin; the spike-heeled, cord-wrapped paper bag booties shown with each look are sure to set the pulses of red sole collectors racing. 

After the show I was lucky enough to put my questions to Todd about AW14. That little exclusive needs a blog all of it's own - I'll be sharing those answers in a dedicated post tomorrow! HUGE LFF thanks goes to Debenhams, Todd Lynn and the Todd Lynn team for an amazing experience. x

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