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London Collections: Men preview: Ones to Watch – Craig Green

In the run up to January’s London Collections: Men, Drapers’ junior fashion editor Graeme Moran chats with the up-and-coming names worth keeping an eye on.

This season sees new boy Craig Green, join the ranks of MAN, the joint initiative created by Lulu Kennedy’s Fashion East and Topman. Having only graduated in March 2012 from the MA course at Central Saint Martins and already completed stints working at the likes of Walter Van Bierendonck and Henrik Vibskov, Green’s unique vision, D.I.Y. craftsmanship and penchant for performance is sure make his a show not to miss. This is what he told us about his upcoming collection.

What were your inspirations for autumn 13?
Shadows, reflection, light and dark. These were the main ideas and the interplay between all these elements.

What are the key fabrics and colours?
The colour palette is tones of cream, navy and black and amongst this there is a wide range of fabrics. Cottons in different densities, waxed, satin finishes as wool felt, lambs wool and denim knit, suede and wood. With a lot of different fabrication treatments, including crinkle pleating, hand painted prints and vinyl edging.

If you could sum up your designs in three words, what would they be?
Sculptural. Naïve. Suburban

What other collections are you looking forward to seeing at London Collections: Men?
Christopher Shannon, Agi and Sam, Shaun Sampson and Nasir Mazhar.

How did you feel being selected for Fashion East’s MAN show?
It’s absolutely amazing and I feel very fortunate to be part of MAN. There is such a huge amount of talented designers that I respect and admire that have come through the MAN initiative, I just hope I can live up to the name.

Craig Green will show at London Collections: Men as part of the MAN show: January 7, Topman Show Space, 15:00

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