The British Fashion Council has announced the fifteen emerging designers who will receive support from fashion talent platform NEWGEN for the year ahead.
Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY, A-COLD-WALL*, Halpern, Nicholas Daley and Richard Malone will receive NEWGEN support for the first time this year, while existing NEWGEN designers COTTWEILER, Kiko Kostadinov, Liam Hodges, Phoebe English MAN, Marta Jakubowski, Molly Goddard, Paula Knorr, Sadie Williams and Wales Bonner will continue to receive support.
NEWGEN, which was launched in 1993, has been influential in the rise of designers including Alexander McQueen, Christopher Shannon, Christopher Raeburn and J.W.Anderson. Providing financial support, mentoring and showcasing opportunities to the emerging designers under its wing, the platform aims to help build global high end brands of the future.
This year’s crop spearhead the platform’s new format, with NEWGEN now awarded annually to both menswear and womenswear designers who will show at either London Fashion Week Men’s or London Fashion Week. Each of the NEWGEN designers will have a dedicated pop up space at the fashion week Designer Showrooms.
“To be able to select NEWGEN for both womenswear and menswear side by side this year has given the scheme a panoramic overview of London’s strength as a centre-point of young innovation,” said NEWGEN Committee Chair Sarah Mower. “We have all been energised to see a surge of diverse talents from so many backgrounds whose focussed individuality inspires us. It’s a privilege to be able to join with so many mentors from the UK industry who volunteer to join together to put these designers on the proven fast-track to recognition and business success.”