Jennifer Lynn's three-year-old eco-conscious Linden label was the second show out of the gate at the Los Angeles Fashion Council Grove shows on Wednesday afternoon.
Inspiration: "A fountain outside Paris at La Defense inspired this collection," Lynn says in her show notes. "Artist Yaacov Agam designed the mosaic fountain, which is huge and visible from a distance. There are so many directions to view the fountain from, and no angle is the same, which led to the ultimate inspiration of this collection: Everything is different from every angle."
The look: The mosaic motif was evident in a collection chock-full of color-blocking -- bold black and white skirts, trousers and cropped jackets, dueling shades of blue on color-blocked dresses, and a yellow-and-pink plaid that shared real estate with solid-colored fabrics in jackets, down the outside of trouser legs, layered under sheer yellow skirts and framing the deep-V of decolletage of a sleeveless jumpsuit.
Key pieces: Lynn's use of eco-friendly washable salmon-skin leather was one of our favorite discoveries from last season's Los Angeles Fashion Council showroom and we noticed some of that in the side panels of some of the leggings in the show. But when we caught up with her afterward, she pointed out a less obvious -- but just as cool -- eco-friendly feature in the collection. "That stretchy black fabric in the collection? That's all made from recycled water bottles," she told us.
Verdict: Manufactured in downtown Los Angeles and sourced from repurposed and recycled materials, Linden is proof that "clothing with a conscience" doesn't always mean sacrificing style at the altar of sustainability.
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