Sunday 5th January

| BY Paul Toner

Robyn Lynch: Menswear AW20

AW20 was a season of firsts for Robyn Lynch. It’s her debut outing outside of Fashion East and the first collection she’s produced since moving to London. And she’s feeling a little homesick. The designer’s ongoing exploration of her Irish background now landed on Inis Oirr, a small island populated with around 260 people, where the young and older gents are united through a distinct shared sense of style.

The result was a collection that could be worn by a dad, a lad and even his grandad. Fleeced trousers and roomy blazers made from grey Irish linen sat next to jeans spliced with tracksuits and cracking scarves made out of a puffer material. Lynch staples came in new variations. The double waistband was back, as were the Arran knits – now shrunken, drenched in inky navy and fully detachable from waterproof track jackets. “I think this collection is more me in terms of my personal style,” explained Lynch. “This time around I thought: ‘let’s just start with colours I usually wear.’” Other nods to her home country came in the form of long-sleeved Lycra tops that paid homage to the Irish bobsleigh team, and a selection of graphics inspired by the Irish teletext channel Aretal, which dazzled jumpers and sporty twinsets. As nostalgic as it is progressive – Robyn Lynch showed a wardrobe of excellent new additions for the best-dressed lads on the island.