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British Fashion Council announces Newgen winners

Designers David Koma, Holly Fulton, Louise Gray and Michael van der Ham have been awarded Newgen catwalk sponsorship to show at London Fashion Week.

In total, 17 designers have been awarded sponsorship to show in various different ways under the British Fashion Council’s Newgen programme, which sponsors emerging designers to show at London Fashion Week for spring 12.

Christopher Raeburn, Craig Lawrence, Dominic Jones, J.W. Anderson and Nasir Mazhar were awarded with presentation sponsorship, which allows the designers host their own mini-catwalks and private shows. Jordan Askill and Sister by Sibling have been chosen to receive installation sponsorship, meaning they can host showroom-style displays for their collections.

Exhibition sponsorship has been granted to Felicity Brown, J. JS Lee, James Long, Palmer//Harding, Thomas Tait and Tim Soar Woman.

Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council, said: “Newgen has become shorthand for future star of the fashion industry. This season’s winners are some of the world’s most innovative new fashion talents and we look forward to seeing them at London Fashion Week in September.”

Newgen is supported by Topshop and managing director Mary Homer said: “I feel privileged that Topshop is involved with undoubtedly one of the fashion world’s most exciting and successful sponsorship schemes, and after almost 10 years we are as enthusiastic about and committed to the programme as ever. This year’s recipients are truly international, attracted here by the vibrant culture of our capital and the energy that surrounds our cosmopolitan fashion community and its colleges. I’m delighted they are here in London and I wish them the best of luck for the season ahead.”

Previous Newgen winners include Alexander McQueen, Matthew Williamson, Giles Deacon, Jonathan Saunders, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Mary Katrantzou and Meadham Kirchhoff.

Eight menswear fashion designers have also been chosen for the Newgen Men initiative. Christopher Shannon and James Long have been awarded with catwalk sponsorship with shows taking place in the BFC show space on during London Fashion Week’s Menswear Day on September 21.

J.W. Anderson, Lou Dalton and New Power Studio have been awarded with salon show presentation sponsorship. Installation sponsorship has been given to Dr Noki, Katie Eary and Sibling. Installations will take place on the Terrace at Somerset House.

Tim Blanks, contributing editor for and a member of the British Fashion Council’s Menswear Committee, said: “The Newgen Men mix this year testifies to the unique personality that’s evolved in British menswear. Aside from the real breadth and depth, I doubt that any other fashion capital could confidently field a men’s team with this much quirk.”

London Fashion Week will run from September 16 to September 21 at Somerset House in London.

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