EXCLUSIVE: Todd Lynn Womenswear SS13

Shawana Grosvenor, assistant to show stylist Karen Langley, talks Peter Beard's Africa...

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"I've just left Somerset House, we were up till 3am last night and back in early this morning doing final preparations for the show so now it's time to relax!

The show went smoothly. We started working on it Wednesday, so there were three days in total of prepping. The only scary moment was when too many vans were parked at Somerset House – this meant we lost over half an hour before the show began as we physically couldn't get the collection into the building. It was a tense time but after that everything went well.

The collection was inspired by Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now – a journey into Africa. There were sleek safari jackets, black evening pieces exposing unwoven fibres and It was great to see Todd working with print. The prints were in collaboration with London based artist Marcus James and gave a nod to the aesthetic of Peter Beard's Africa. The colour palette of the collection reflected African landscapes, from deep red sunsets to the burnt earth of the Sahara.

Highlights for me were the tonal green jacquard pieces. My favourite was the flare trouser look with zip-up jacket worn by Kayley Chabot. Also loved the cut-out sandals by Christian Louboutin, these are on my wish list!

The soundtrack was composed by The Libertines drummer Gary Powell, it evoked memories of Safari and sounds of tribal drumming, it really brought the collection to life.

Next I'm looking forward to seeing Lucas Nascimento, Meadham Kirchhoff and what Raf Simons will bring to Dior."

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