Clothes with a story is the story behind Lyn Devon’s Fall 2013 collection. The scenario she dreamed up was of a well dressed lady (probably from the Upper East Side, where Devon’s presentation took place this afternoon), taking a respite among the trees upstate. The result was a menswear-meets-womenswear showing of perfectly tailored and wearable pieces with a bit of nostalgia infused. “We’re calling it attic dressing,” Devon explained, “discovering something old and embellishing it with a new, personal touch, anything from a brooch to a monogram,” referencing first a gorgeous, navy, menswear-style overcoat with vintage looking jewels sewn on and then a very smart, cropped, grey sweatshirt with a back zipper and languid “L” monogrammed above the heart.
Devon herself has a sentimental perspective on the sartorial possibilities of a trip to the woods, “I imagine if you lived upstate, as polished and well dressed as my client is, you’d do a little bit of that pulling things together that are more romantic than you could in a city.” Romance ebbed in with a wildflower print and a soft palette of rich neutrals. Thrown into the mix was a silicone trimmed lace with an iridescent glow seen in many iterations, from trouser to miniskirt to bustier. If you’re not a romantic, the practical elements of the collection will win over your heart, like the totally un-bulky paper-bag waists, massive cuddly cashmere sweaters, and a satin parka that could find a home over an evening dress or with some tatty jeans.