Robyn Lynch kept it in the family for Fall/Winter 2024

Robyn Lynch kept it in the family for Fall/Winter 2024

by Ollie Cox
3 min

Robyn Lynch Fall/Winter 2024 was a family affair, with the Ireland-born, London-based designer looking to her younger sister and professional dancer, Adrianna, to inform a wider Irish dancing-themed offering.

Out of the block, long-length layered coats were worn with black hiking cargo pants crafted from recycled nylon, and updated for FW24 with a kick at the back of the leg. Next, we saw sports-style tops with an off-kilter zip which extended from the neck, mirroring the training tops worn by young athletes. 

Speaking to Culted ahead of the show, Lynch emphasised the athletic abilities of Irish dancers. “You can see how much of an athlete the dancer has to be to perform these dances. I just think sometimes it’s overlooked or not given the credit it deserves in terms of sportswear or the athleticness of these people.” The merging of tradition with more contemporary influences is intrinsic to the Robyn Lynch brand, where her Irish upbringing intertwines with more technical, sportswear-leaning designs. 

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Playful nods to proud dance parents were seen in a washed grey hoodie which featured a weathered “FEIS MOM” graphic. For Lynch, the piece was rooted in nostalgia and a personal highlight. “I wanted it to look like the mum brought it at the Feis in 2008. It was full of diamantés. All of the diamantés have fallen off because the mum cares only about the child performing and doing well. She just throws on this hoodie, and it looks like it’s from the ‘80s or something because all of the diamontes have fallen off, and all the glue has [worn off.]” 

As the collection progressed to include washed cotton reflective knitwear, we saw a collaboration with C.P. Company revealed across a number of bespoke jackets. One stand-out look was paired with an Irish Dance skirt, an item traditionally used to conceal its wearer’s hands when performing. It was finished with Celtic-style detailing around the hem, contrasting with the tech-heavy shell jacket up top.

Much like the skirts worn in competitions, which were one-off designs, no Robyn Lynch x C.P. Company jacket is the same. They are all uniquely upcycled to offer a more relaxed silhouette. Working with C.P. Company was something the designer described as “Amazing, but [it was so hard] to unpick [the jackets] because they’re made too well.” 

Amongst the dance-led designs and mega outerwear collaborations was a link-up with GEOX, for an Ireland-meets-Italy take on the Uomo Snake, a style that has a place in the heart of Lynch. “I knew I wanted to reference my dad’s all-time favourite shoe,” she explained before adding, “I decided on revisiting a style from 2005. We created three variations, each in a different combination of browns and blues, seamlessly incorporated into the silhouettes.” 

Robyn Lynch’s Fall/Winter 2024 collection is the final time she will present as a British Fashion Council NEWGEN designer. For the final show of this chapter, Lynch revisited previous collections to inform the future of her brand, which she sees as “good from a sales point of view,” helping her learn “what the customer wants.” In a more light-hearted approach, she adds, “If you do it long enough, something will stick.”

Robyn Lynch’s Fall/Winter 2024 collection was a performance-driven dance into the DNA of the brand, where light-hearted, family references met with masterful design. It was quintessential Robyn Lynch and effortlessly merged a youthful, function-forward approach to menswear with traditional Irish heritage, and we couldn’t get enough of it.

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