British Fashion Council announces NEW GEN designers for London Fashion Week
The British Fashion Council (BFC), the body behind London Fashion Week (LFW), has announced its list of fashion designers who will receive NEW GEN sponsorship for London Fashion Week this February.
Designers David Koma, Holly Fulton, Louise Gray, Mary Katrantzou and Michael van der Ham will all receive sponsorship for their autumn/winter catwalk shows.
NEW GEN, established in 1993, supports emerging designers at LFW and is sponsored by Topshop. It is now seen as a recognised benchmark for up and coming design talent- its alumni include Alexander McQueen, Matthew Williamson, Boudicca, Giles Deacon, Jonathan Saunders, Christopher Kane, Marios Schwab, Richard Nicoll, Erdem and Meadham Kirchhoff.
I saw Louise Gray (pictured) and reviewed her ss11 catwalk show for OnOff at London Fashion Week last season, see my blog post ‘A Riot of Colour at Louise Gray’s First Standalone Show.‘ I love her work- it’s fun, fresh and the collection was perfect for spring/summer. She also does a line for Asos. I can’t wait to see what she has to offer for autumn/winter!
Presentation sponsorship was awarded to: Christopher Raeburn, Craig Lawrence, JS Lee, JW Anderson (film presentation) and Nasir Mazhar.
Installation sponsorship was awarded to: Dominic Jones and Jordan Askill.
Exhibition sponsorship was awarded to: Chau Har Lee, Christopher Raeburn, Craig Lawrence, David Koma, Dominic Jones, Fannie Schiavoni, Felicity Brown, Heikki Salonen, Holly Fulton, Jordan Askill, JS Lee, JW Anderson, Louise Gray, Mary Katrantzou, Michael van der Ham, Nasir Mazhar, Thomas Tait and Yang Du.
I saw Christopher Raeburn at Estethica a few weeks ago, see my blog post: ‘Eco-Fashion, the future choice for fashion consumers?’ I’ve got some pics from that event I must put up, but I did really like Christopher’s work- he uses old military parachute materials to make outerwear. The designs are great!
Yang Du is also a fantastic designer- her crazy, cartoon-inspired designs are instantly recognizable and her work is quirky and original. I wrote a post about her at London Fashion Week a few seasons ago, see ‘London Fashion Week Dazzles on First Day.’
Despite times being tough, it’s great to see we’re still investing in our new fashion talent!