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Louise Gray and Mary Katrantzou awarded Fashion Forward sponsorship by the British Fashion Council


Louise Gray, SS12, FashionBite

Louise Gray, SS12

Two of the most exciting womenswear designers at the moment – Louise Gray and Mary Katrantzou – have been awarded Fashion Forward sponsorship by the British Fashion Council (BFC) for two consecutive seasons in London.

I first saw Louise Gray quite a few seasons ago at London Fashion Week, showcasing with OnOff. I absolutely love her work – her AW11 was fun, fresh and colourful. Her designs are so exciting and I can’t wait to see more of her. Read my Louise Gray AW11 catwalk report and backstage beauty HERE.

Mary Katrantzou, SS12, FashionBite

Mary Katrantzou, SS12

Mary Katrantzou does the most amazing digital prints and I’m so happy that she’s received this sponsorship. I wore a Mary Katrantzou silk dress to London Fashion Week a few seasons ago (sadly her Topshop collaboration, rather than coreline) but still very much her style and I love her work.

FashionBite's Emily Seares wears Mary Katrantzou at London Fashion Week

Emily Seares wears Mary Katrantzou

Alongside Louise Gray and Mary Katrantzou, Henry Holland has also been awarded Fashion Forward sponsorship along with menswear designer James Long.

BFC chief executive Caroline Rush said: “The recipients for this year’s Fashion Forward sponsorship are an exceptionally talented group of designers. 2012 is set to be a momentus year not only for the fashion industry but the UK and I am looking forward to seeing Henry, Louise, James and Mary taking strides forward in their business development.”

Louise said: “I am thrilled to have been awarded Fashion Forward sponsorship as this backing will allow me to develop my brand even further. I have so many exciting projects coming up this year and this is a great way to start things off!”

Mary added: “It’s really important to have that support and it’s testament to the strength of London Fashion Week and the BFC’s initiative to nuture and help designers build an established business.”

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