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Sun 20 Sep

A busy day in the digital fashion week world as Robyn Lynch, Art School and Richard Malone all showcased their SS21 collections through the screen. Robyn Lynch referenced her Irish roots for SS21 with a diary-style film that took us on a tour of the Baldoyle industrial estate as well as behind-the-scenes on a shoot. Robyn's signature pieces in full block colour tones were a reminder of her first showing at Fashion East, this time, for the first time, with the addition of womenswear. Her pieces sang in front of Taz Darling’s photographs.

Richard Malone is a wonder. Malone showcased beautiful garments in an arresting film that highlighted his eye for the female form. This collection had the familiar signals of a Malone show - rouched body-conscious dresses, rich, inviting colours and dirndl waists - with rhythmic dancing models to highlight those accents better than ever before. Sculptural, sensual and divine.

The Art School was a particularly emotive show, with spectacularly inclusive casting, a beautiful set and poignant music that tugged at the heartstrings. Art School classics, such as bias-cut silken dresses and boxy tailoring were a fond recurrence, as were the snakeskin bodices. Things progressed to a crescendo - both in music and design - and the show felt like a cleaning of the slate for Eden Loweth, the now solo director of Art School. Today was a testament to London’s tenacious creativity, particularly felt as these three groups were still, despite the pandemic, showing their work in such unique and arresting ways.