With a background like Lyn Devon’s, it’s no wonder the New-York based designer has become the go-to girl for fresh, innovative American luxury sportswear. While designing for Ralph Lauren after graduating from Parsons, she began to produce custom clothing for a small circle of private clientele. This allowed her to develop the vision that would soon lead to her clothes being covered in the pages of Vogue, W, and Harper’s Bazaar, and worn by such style icons as Sarah Jessica Parker and Lake Bell.
Upon launching her label in September 2005, Devon was quickly named Women’s Design “Rising Star” by the Fashion Group International.Following the debut of her Fall/Winter 2008 collection, style.com called her one of “The Season’s 10 Most Promising Talents.” Soon after, she was awarded the prestigious Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award, and most recently, she was accepted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).
So what does this uber-successful woman love most about creating the beautiful clothes that people are receiving with open arms? She says simply, “I love creating investment pieces that women will wear all the time and have in their closets forever.”
You can score some of the to-die-for investment pieces from her ready-to-wear Fall/Winter 2010 collection this month, when she debuts the line in San Francisco at the home of Hilary McInerney, at a private event co-hosted by Heidi Castelein, Kathryn Lasater, and Katie Schwab. Devon was inspired by the idea of a “Beatnik Ballet,” for Fall/Winter 2010, and used black as a base over which to layer carefree, dance-inspired tie tops, easy prints, and sweaters and wrap coats in fabrics like cashmere jersey and hand knits. It’s the bold twist of mixing softness and femininity with the sporty elements seen in her previous lines that solidifies why Devon is being lauded as America’s possible next great designer. As the public demands for her clothes increase, so, too, does Devon’s loyal private client list and select specialty stores. Elizabeth Charles, the classically trendy store on Fillmore Street known for stocking specialty pieces not readily available in the US, will show the collection this fall. We’ll race you there.