Snakeskin. Looks like this is to be the animal hide of next summer. Altuzarra, David Koma and Holly Fulton are just three designers to use the serpent in their S/S 2011 collections, and now we can add Todd Lynn to that list too. In Lynn's case however, snakeskin was a central theme for his collection, rather than merely being hinted at. Take the first look: an ivory sleeveless dress, layered over scaly sleeves so arms shot out of dresses in sinewy fashion. From there on in, snakeskin panels ran though the collection; applied to funnel-neck jackets, cigarette thin trouser legs and wrapped around the body, following the diagonal lines of one shoulder dresses. Gaudi-esque sculpted folds also wound across the torso of dresses, adding an element of softness and femininity to this otherwise severe show, even by Mr Lynn's standards. There was a stab at retro futurism with square geometric shoulders on shift dresses, and some ill-advised metallic looks that bore more resemblance to Babylon Zoo than anything else, but otherwise Lynn's collection was trouser heavy (oh wait, there were some shorts too). Fleshy tones were dominant, but not that of humans: silvery teal, concrete grey and dulled gold were all distinctly snakelike and even the delectable Louboutins (platform ankle boots) were touched with the reptilian brush.
Gaudi-esque sculpted folds also wound across the torso of dresses, adding an element of softness and femininity to this otherwise severe show, even by Mr Lynn's standards.