To celebrate the first digital London Fashion Week, Robyn Lynch has created a special collection supported by cycling specialists Rapha. The capsule of twelve pieces re-appropriates deadstock materials and returned garments from Rapha, used alongside Robyn’s own surplus fabrics from past collections. The pieces push the cut and contrasting materials of the casualwear that has made Robyn’s name, as well as focusing on the sustainability that is essential to fashion’s future.
“This collection is something special before I show SS21 in September. I’m a long-term fan of Rapha, so I reached out to see if they had any surplus materials. I’m so excited they agreed, mixing their surplus pieces cut and re-appropriated with my own excess fabrics,” says Robyn Lynch
“Intuitive design is at the heart of everything we do at Rapha, so we were thrilled when Robyn asked if she could use our surplus materials,” says Ger Tierney, associate creative director, Rapha
Throughout the twelve-piece collection, Rapha pieces are pushed beyond their original use. Robyn sliced up two windproof jackets, reforming them with a panel of her own surplus knit fabric, to create a zip-knit technical sweater.
To go with these, another windproof jacket was cut up and reformed to create a pair of shorts, complete with functional zipper. Meanwhile, another pair of shorts are cut from an orange zip-up Rapha jacket, with a repositioned pocket as part of their cut.
A T-shirt is made by combining a Rapha Lycra top with toweling, finished with a detachable bib made from surplus knit and a Rapha jacket, complete with repositioned pocket. Elsewhere, Lycra cycling shorts are embedded inside a pair of slit technical shorts, the cycling shorts showing beneath. Robyn also looked at fit, taking a tight cycling jersey and adding her own contrasting panels to create a roomier silhouette.
The collection is supported with artwork created by Joe Cruz, using scans of Robyn’s moodboard alongside photos of the collection by Robyn’s stylist, Ben Schofield. The creative process for the images mirrors the collection itself, finding new ways of working during the current pandemic.
words: Charlie Porter.
Art work series created in collaboration with Joe Cruz.
Scanned Photography by Joe Cruz
Styling by Ben Schofield
Casting by Lyly Bui at Piotr Chamier Casting