The British Fashion Council has announced the 15 participants in this year’s prestigious NewGen program. The list includes existing NewGen designers Cottweiler, Kiko Kostadinov, Liam Hodges, Phoebe English MAN, Marta Jakubowski, Molly Goddard, Paula Knorr, Sadie Williams, and Wales Bonner, plus newbies Charles Jeffrey Loverboy, Halpern, Nicholas Daley, Richard Malone, and A-Cold-Wall. Recent Central Saint Martins grad Richard Quinn will receive this year’s One to Watch award.
BFC has been awarding up-and-coming designers with the prize since 1993, but this is the first year they’ve announced menswear and womenswear recipients at the same time, in an effort to display “a panoramic overview of London’s strength as a center point of young innovation,” according to NewGen committee chair Sarah Mower.
Halpern Fall ’17
All NewGen designers will receive help showing their collections during either London Fashion Week or Men’s Fashion Week in the form of advisory services, pop-up showrooms, and mentorship from a panel of industry insiders. One to Watch award winners are given exhibition space in the LFW Designer Showrooms at The Store Studios.
“We have all been energized to see a surge of diverse talents from so many backgrounds whose focused individuality inspires us,” said Mower, who is also a fashion critic at Vogue. “It’s a privilege to be able to join with so many mentors from the U.K. industry who volunteer to join together to put these designers on the proven fast-track to recognition and business success.”
Richard Malone S/S ’16
If some of the names on the list look familiar to you, it’s because many of them are already dressing celebrities and producing some of London Fashion Week’s buzziest presentations. Womenswear designer Michael Halpern, for example, has designed for the likes of Beyonce, while Sadie Williams has a collaboration with & Other Stories under her belt. Meanwhile, fashion world darling Molly Goddard was recently shortlisted for this year’s LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers.
Since the program’s inception, it has provided support to now-major designers like Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Jonathan Saunders, J.W.Anderson, Marques’Almeida, Mary Katrantzou, Nicholas Kirkwood, Roksanda Ilincic, and Simone Rocha. So, yeah, it’s good to be NewGen.