• Text Lakeisha Goedluck
  • 14th September 2018

round-table discussion

Starting life as a boutique back in 2013 before launching a menswear line three years later, Linder’s evolution in terms of creating a womenswear offering has been novel in nature. Presided over by Sam Linder (his creative partner Kirk Millar looks after the men’s side of things), the label’s SS19 collection was devised from an open round-table discussion.

The idea was to gather which team members would wear what garment; this collection was all about forming a personal affinity with a piece, rather than building an entire look, which has historically been essential to the design process for most companies. Alongside their NY contemporaries such as Gauntlett Cheng and Eckhaus Latta, the duo behind Linder are designing for a customer that exists beyond the confines of traditional fashion. “This way of combining individual pieces, rather than wearing a pre-styled outfit, seems like the most natural way currently to express individuality,” read the pair’s show notes.

This sentiment was undoubtedly reflected in the collection. Borrowing from various aesthetic realms, whether that be workwear or sportswear, the Linder woman is the type who finds no discomfort in pairing her plaid cycling shorts with her mustard asymmetrical skirt. A Gustav Klimt-style palette swept across the line which felt inherently 60s at points – a colour-block leather jacket looked particularly era-defining. From lightweight linen top halves to A-line midi skirts with contrast banding, this was a range that emanated versatility in terms of silhouette, personality and texture.