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LFW Monday 21st September

Todd Lynn  Todd Lynn is known for his razor sharp-suits, and androgynous clothing.

The collection takes us on a nomadic journey, inspired by Queen Tin Hinan a tall, elongated figure who united the Algerian world.

This is a tough collection with a tribal feel, decaying leather belts and sculpted caged tops in hand braided leather; made with impeccable attention to detail. Lynn also collaborated with jeweller Shaun Leane to realise two jackets with horn like metallic shoulders, which were definite stand out pieces.

This was a collection full of structure, strong shoulders and slender silhouettes.

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Christopher Kane

Christopher Kane is always able to surprise us, not in an over to top way but just in terms of his inspiration and execution; he is ever evolving. Gone are the sexy vamp, florescent lace and skin tight dresses; in favour of a more respectable, dangerously innocent lady.

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Donatella Versace, Anna Wintour (US Vogue editor-in-chief) and Joan Collins sat front row, while Kane’s sexually repressed and cult inspired pieces went down the runway. A thoroughly fresh collection of girlie, baby blue and pink dresses in super-sized gingham, coupled with a few navy suits. For evening, the gingham checks were embellished with crystals, snowflake embroidery and tulle puff sleeves that showed just a little flesh.

 Gospel music was played and southern American modesty was shown in the new knee length skirts.

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Paul Smith

Smith used the documentary photography of Daniele Tamagni as inspiration for his collection. The  “Sapes” and “Sapeurs” as depicted by Tamagni are a group of Congolese men for whom elegance is very important.

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Tapered trousers suits, pointed loafers and bowler hats in vibrant colours, Stripes and spots. Flowing full skirts in sunbeam yellow and tan will be amazing summer must haves. Knits were interestingly draped and twisted around the body and ornate beaded necklaces hung around the neck.

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Using these men as his muse, Smith created one of his strongest collections, full of interesting fabrics, accessories and a vivid use of colour mixing.

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Pringle of Scotland

Pringle of Scotland normally show in Milan but came to London for the 25th anniversary celebrations.

Our first treat was a short film by Ryan McGinley featuring Tilda Swinton, commissioned by Pringle of Scotland. The star of the evening was glowing in a white Pringle of Scotland trouser suit from the mens collection.

The second was a statement collection by the veteran Scottish label. Their renowned knits were the loose cable type and came in,Lemon, grey, tan, black and white. cardigans were teamed with multi-layered shirts  and knitted mini vest dresses flattered the form.

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This was the type of collection every girl would like for summer, the looks were strong but understated enough to be wardrobe staples.

 words and images: Deborah Latouche