Like a guy who always wished he'd been in a band but missed out, Todd Lynn re-creates rock scenarios on his catwalk. He called his Spring show Use Your Illusion and named each item for the metal bands that were one light in his darkness while growing up in small-town Canada in the eighties. But the inspiration was radically sublimated. Groups such as Warrant and Roxx were tack incarnate in their teased-out hair and snakeskin platforms. Here, the hair was slicked back and the snakeskin footwear came courtesy of Christian Louboutin. And the overwhelming impression of the clothes themselves was the hyper-tailored formality that is Lynn's signature.
In his hands, the tailcoat in which a bare-chested metal frontman might once have pranced was de- and reconstructed: shown sleeveless with squared-off tails in black Lurex cotton over a white silk cummerbund/waistcoat, or hybridized with a biker jacket, again with squared-off tails, in herringbone. The fan base for Lynn's trousers will surely grow with the new cross-pleating effect he came up with, adding a hint of volume to his attenuated silhouette. The trenches he showed in glazed silk were also a new dimension for him, like a collision of Old Hollywood and goth. In the same way, Lynn's loosely crocheted knits were a cross between Art Deco and punk. The attraction of opposites might be his fashion manifesto: Backstage, he talked about "making men sexy and women sexy in the same thing." Front-row fans Marc Almond and Courtney Love would surely be an interesting duo of guinea pigs for this project.