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Todd Lynn’s Futurism for Today

Godfrey Deeny
September 21st, 2010 @ 00:32 AM - London

If Todd Lynn were a Frenchman, and not a Canadian-born, London-based designer, he would be called a creator, someone more distinguished than a designer - more of an inventor.

Lynn makes futurist arty fashion for today – collars curl and creep around shoulders, vertical swathes of fabric lick nicks and pants are rigidly cut with flared open pockets in his rather arch style.

His spring 2011 collection shown Tuesday, Sept. 21, in London Fashion Week respected his super hero and heroine aesthetic – Lynn generally shows men and women on the same catwalk – but with a newer color palette – cement, stone and putty.

For next spring, Lynn wants to see women in figure-hugging, washed out suede and leather tunics or jackets with peeked pagoda shoulders, worn over a ski-pant meets jodhpur trouser. His style recalls the strict cutting of Thierry Mugler and the subtle space age chic of Claude Montana, two of Paris’ most famous creators.

His clothes are demanding to wear. How many women will feel comfortable in cocktail dresses with mirrored shoulder pads? Yet they often looked rather stunning, grand but cool at the same time.

Lynn also has a reputation for dressing rock stars. Musical eminences as varied as Bono and Adam Clayton of U2, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones, Marilyn Manson, Courtney Love and P.J. Harvey have all been attired by Lynn. That he caters to both male and female rock stars is not surprising, for his style is hyper androgynous and his graphic silhouette ideal for projecting power on a concert stage.

But don’t think of Lynn as commercially weak, he has a strong following, and deservedly so. He has a genuinely fresh take on fashion and a highly distinctive look. No wonder teams of buyers from Harrods, Net-a-Porter and French boutique chain, L’Eclaireur sat front row. Professionals recognize an avant-garde talent that sells. Lynn is one of those.

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