If one thing is certain, the international menswear sector has been imbued with new-found dynamism in recent seasons (the avant-garde turns at Florence’s Pitti Uomo – a trade fair/fashion week once exclusively characterised by navy suits – are testament to this). As leaders in ripping up the sartorial rulebook, it makes sense that London would be fronting this creative call-to-arms, its coveted menswear ranks including J.W Anderson, Craig Green – and now, Robyn Lynch.
Six industrious years of studying kickstarted her career path, involving an NCAD degree and a newly-launched Masters in Menswear at the University of Westminister, where Lynch was taught by Charles Jeffrey and other cutting-edge designers. As part of the only university to show at London Fashion Week Men’s, Lynch debuted her tricolour tendencies in June to a chorus of praise, and this month she’s triumphantly returning to LFMW as the Fashion East family’s latest addition.
As living proof that “the Irish spirit doesn’t leave once you move away from Ireland, it’s something that stays with you,” Lynch has liberally dipped into the RTE archives as inspiration for AW19, which will showcase on Sunday 6th at the Truman Brewery, the British Fashion Council’s show space. Spectators who fell for her heritage and contemporary influences the first time around can expect “a continued celebration of all things Irish.”
Words: Amelia O’Mahony-Brady