Fifteen emerging menswear and womenswear designers have been awarded NEWGEN support for 2017/18, as part of the reformatted initiative.
Charles Jeffrey Loverboy, Halpern, Richard Malone, Nicholas Day and A Cold Wall will receive the BFC’s Newgen support for the first time, while designers Cottweiler, Kiko Kostadinov, Liam Hodges, Phoebe English Man, Marta Jakubowski, Molly Goddard, Paula Knorr, Sadie Williams and Wales Bonner will continue to benefit from the scheme. Richard Quinn, who won the H&M Design Award in 2016, has been awarded One to Watch support.
Today’s announcement sees the support initiative, which was originally launched in 1993, reformatted and now given annually to both women’s and menswear designers. Awards were previously given seasonally and separately to both men’s and women’s designers. The recipients are offered financial and mentoring support, alongside showcasing opportunities at both London Fashion Week and London Fashion Week Men’s.
Past Newgen designers include Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane and JW Anderson.
“The new format of our Newgen initiative allows the BFC to be flexible in the support it offers emerging designers, and recognises the changing nature of fashion business and showcasing models,” said Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council. “We want to empower these designers to build and strengthen their brands in close alignment with their creative vision. I am delighted as ever to welcome this year’s new designers to the initiative.”
“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 Sarah Mower, BFC ambassador for emerging talent and chair of the Newgen.