Fashion East Announces its Spring Class of 2017


Fashion East Announces its Spring Class of 2017


Fashion East has announced the four designers who’ll present their collections at the talent incubator’s annual show this spring. A non-profit platform for emerging designers, Fashion East selects industry up-and-comers to show at one of the most anticipated events during London Fashion Week. Past participants have included names like Simone Rocha, Marques Almeida and J.W. Anderson, making Fashion East a launching pad for some of fashion’s strongest brands today.

This year, the womenswear designers are A.V.Robertson, Mimi Wade and Richard Malone, all of whom presented their fall ’16 collections at last year’s event, as well as newcomer Matty Bovan.


Photo by Ronan Mckenzie

A.V.Robertson is Central Saint Martins’ graduate Amie Victoria Robertson’s namesake label. Specializing in “embellished womenswear,” the brand made its debut with clothing inspired by “alien wanderers falling to Earth.”


Photo by Rebecca Zephyr Thomas

Mimi Wade makes classic party dresses with a modern twist. Mixing ’50s-style silhouettes with punky layers, the designs include references to vintage horror films and B-movies.


Photo by Chris Rhodes

Another Central Saint Martins graduate, Richard Malone’s eponymous label is minimalist workwear. With chunky knits and wide-leg trousers, Malone’s designs have an ease and a refreshing reality to them, inspired by friends and his aunt.


Photo by Alistair Mackie

The newest designer, Matty Bovan has already made a name for himself in the fashion industry, contributing one of his prints to Marc Jacobs’ spring ’16 collection. The recent graduate’s thesis presentation showcased his dreamy knitwear, attracting the attention of everyone from Miu Miu to Vogue.

In addition to financial help, mentoring and the opportunity to sell their clothes in Paris showrooms, the four designers will participate in a group show at London’s Topshop space on September 17.