Why do some designers get all the love? Lyn Devon, who presents beautiful, desirable clothes season upon season, isn't a fashion darling, yet her work rarely disappoints.
Fall was about voluminous yet wearable silhouettes. "Oversize in a realistic way," said Devon at an appointment in her Upper East Side showroom. Double-face wool with pintuck seaming—such a nice little detail—gave an eggplant cropped jacket done up with graphic plastic buttons a bit of shape. The designer said she wanted to provide her clients with options to "wear color in an approachable way," so she paired it with pleated trousers in fuchsia. A lofty cashmere turtleneck sweater in tomato red, also cropped at the waist, was worn with a pencil skirt in the same shade. "I always love monochrome," Devon said. And while there were fantastic options for those who feel the same—in particular, a modish turtleneck dress in camel hair or gray cashmere jersey—Devon also offered a couple of jazzy prints. One, a humorous cat in black and white, was clever in that it looked like a graphic flower from far away. But the red-poppies pattern that covered a collarless coat was buzzing. In fact, several clients placed pre-pre-orders last week after noticing it while picking up their Spring buys.
An off-the-shoulder dress in darkest-green cashmere jersey provided a great cocktail-hour alternative, and the jumpsuit version in charcoal flannel was a new approach to eveningwear. Devon may continue to fly under the radar, but her clothes shouldn't be ignored.