If Singapore-born designer Eugene Lin felt nervous before debuting his first catwalk show at London Fashion Week, we’re confident those nerves will have vanished following the rousing success of ‘The Judgement of Paris’.
Lin presented his seventh collection in the intimate hub of Leicester Square’s Future Gallery, and in a style true to the label’s ethos, the designs were as intelligent as they were innovative. Inspired by The Judgement of Paris – a Greek myth in which goddesses Hera, Athena and Aphrodite attempt to seduce a Trojan mortal named Paris in order to possess a golden apple inscribed with the meaning “for the fairest one” – the SS13 collection embodies a beautiful yet disconcerting tale. Taking influence from numerous paintings and idealistic moralities, Lin has re-imagined the myth for the 21st century woman; in the show notes the designer explains that the pieces in his collection echo “the striptease of the goddesses as both an erotic and twisted act of manipulation”.
Models walked to an achingly cool soundtrack in technical pieces that defied seasonal trends, yet simultaneously appeared current. Digital prints were used to emphasis the female form and adorned everything from fluid body-con dresses to sensuous jersey leggings, which created an uncompromising visual effect when teamed together. Trenches were transformed into modernised dresses and tops; belted at the waist and worn over delicious body suits by goddess-like creatures on the runway. The diverse colour palette of gold and black, soft pink and earth tones captured the individual personalities of Hera, Athena and Aphrodite, making each outfit seem unique in character.
Although the collection appeared more accessible than previous seasons, it maintained focus on exceptional craftsmanship and creative cutting through deconstructed outerwear and luxurious yet comfortable pieces that have become synonymous with the label. An exquisitely printed pale pink and raspberry suit was tailored to perfection and proved to be the pièce de résistance of the collection, showing no compromise in technicality or design.
Armed with intelligence and a confident devotion to his work, Lin is certainly one to watch for the future – we can’t wait to see what sparks his inspiration next.
Words: Amy Elizabeth Hill
Images: Christopher Dadey