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London Collections: Men preview: Ones to Watch – Joseph Turvey

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.

Joseph Turvey graduated from the London College of Fashion with a Masters degree in Menswear Design in February of this year. Just weeks later he showed his first ever collection on the catwalk during London Fashion Week as part of Vauxhall Fashion Scout and a few months later exhibited at the first edition of London Collections: Men, having been selected to be part of the British Fashion Council’s Designer Gallery.

So it’s safe to say the ten months since his graduation have been a whirlwind for Turvey, the friendliest giant in fashion (yes, he really is that tall!). Gaining a name for himself off the back of his fun, illustrative designs and interesting use of fabric (which includes a seamless lace blazer from autumn 12 and a heat reactive printed t-shirt from spring 13 made in collaboration with bespoke screen-printers Insley and Nash.)

For autumn 13, Turvey will show as part of Fashion East’s menswear installations. This is what he had to say about the upcoming collection…

What can we expect from your autumn 13 collection?

I am working with a darker colour palette than my previous seasons and a heavier silhouette. If I am honest this is my first real autumn winter collection and I have had to refrain from designing shorts, which was a struggle for me. 

What are the key fabrics and colours?

There is a lot of knitwear this season. We have been working with new Italian manufacturers to experiment with fabrication and print application. I am very pleased with the final results and excited to show people. The key colour I am working with is black. I always told myself I would never work with black as I think it is too easy. So I set myself the challenge of experimenting with black while trying to maintain the fun and humour of previous seasons. 

Sum up your designs in three words?

Fun. Illustration. Colour. 

What other collections are you looking forward to seeing at London Collections: Men?

I always look forward to seeing what my London College of Fashion cohort have been up to. Baartman and Siegel and Domingo Rodriguez in particular. It’s good to see other fashion schools finally having a place in London Fashion. 

How did you feel being selected for Fashion East?

Amazing. It’s been a very busy year for me having completed a Masters and presenting two seasons during London Fashion Week and then again at Shanghai Fashion week. To be selected for such a renowned foundation felt really good. The hard work was worth it. 

What can we expect from your presentation?

Fun. Fun and more fun.

Joseph Turvey will show at London Collections: Men as part of the Fashion East Menswear Installations:

January 7, St James’

16:30 - 18:30

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