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BFC unveils NewGen sponsorship for autumn 14 shows

Simone Rocha, Marques’ Almeida and Ryan Lo are among seven London-based designers receiving sponsorship to showcase autumn 14 collections at London Fashion Week as part of the latest tranche of NewGen funding.

Rocha and design duo Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida have been awarded sponsorship towards a catwalk show, as did Lucas Nascimento and 1205. Lo will receive funding towards a presentation, while Claire Barrow and Danielle Romeril have been awarded exhibition sponsorship.

The designers will exhibit their collections February 14-18 as part of NewGen, which is sponsored by Topshop.

As well as the show funding, the British Fashion Council, with support from the NewGen committee and Topshop, will offer bespoke support and business seminars to help the designers grow their businesses.

Sarah Mower MBE, BFC ambassador for emerging talent and chair of the NewGen selection committee, said: ” Everyone who enters knows this scheme, with all its unique benefits, can set them on the same road as Christopher Kane, Nicholas Kirkwood, Mary Katrantzou or J.W. Anderson - in other words, to be top names in international fashion. I would like to thank Sir Philip Green for paving this astonishing British path to the top - Topshop’s sponsorship of NewGen really is held in awe by many a nation.”

The committee includes chief executive of the BFC Caroline Rush, Topshop creative director Kate Phelan, designer Mary Katrantzou, Ruth Chapman of retailer Matches and fashion consultant Yasmin Sewell, as well as many others.

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