NEWGEN MEN winners for SS12

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NEWGEN MEN winners for SS12

The British Fashion Council (BFC) has today announced that eight of London’s most exciting emerging menswear fashion design talents will receive sponsorship from its designer support initiative NEWGEN MEN sponsored by TOPMAN. All recipients will receive business support and the opportunity to use the official BFC venue to host either a catwalk show, presentation or an installation during London Fashion Week’s (LFW) Menswear Day, on Wednesday 21st September.

IMAGE GALLERY from the announcement party

The recipients of NEWGEN MEN, sponsored by TOPMAN, spring/summer 2012 are:

Catwalk sponsorship (shows will take place in the BFC Show Space):

Christopher Shannon and James Long

Salon Show Presentation sponsorship:

J.W. Anderson, Lou Dalton and New Power Studio

Installation sponsorship (installations will take place on the Terrace at Somerset House):
Dr Noki, Katie Eary and SIBLING.

NEWGEN MEN began in September 2009, building on TOPMAN and Fashion East Menswear successful MAN initiative. It has since become instrumental in raising the profile of emerging British designers using the dedicated Menswear Day at London Fashion Week as a showcasing platform. As well as sponsorship, the initiative offers its recipients tailored business and mentoring support, with a view to increasing the success of their business commercially and building relationships with key press and buyers. NEWGEN MEN continues to promote the best of British menswear talent for the fifth consecutive season, with ongoing dedicated support from TOPMAN.

Tim Blanks, Contributing Editor, 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.”

Gordon Richardson, Design Director, TOPMAN, who was also on the selection panel, adds “This season's line up is testament to the calibre of young menswear designers Britain is producing at present - exceptional talent whom without key initiatives such as LFW Menswear Day, NEWGEN MEN and of course MAN - which kick started this whole resurgence in menswear in London - would not be given the voice of recognition that they so definitely deserve.”

New Power Studio was launched by fashion stylist Thom Murphy in 2009. After showcasing their AW11 collection with MAN at London Fashion Week February 2011, New Power Studio will receive NEGEN MEN sponsorship for the first time and will host a salon show presentation in September 2011.

Before setting up his own label, Dr Noki worked with Helen Storey, Whitaker Malem and Owen Gastor from whom he learnt “eco-thinking, arts and crafts and futuristic thinking”. Dr Noki’s unique style of customisation and creating one-off sustainable pieces has gained him industry-wide recognition. Having shown two previous collections with Fashion East and more recently showcased his NHS collection in Estethica at London Fashion Week, Dr Noki will show his menswear line as an installation on Menswear Day at London Fashion Week.

James Long has consistently impressed the panel with his bold menswear looks and went onto win NEWGEN MEN sponsorship for his 5th consecutive season. His latest collection consisted of a range of knitwear pieces, juxtaposed with leather garments. Christopher Shannon has also won sponsorship to showcase his luxury sportswear label and both designers will show their collections in a catwalk show.

The creative and technically talented trio behind SIBLING have between them worked for Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Lanvin, Jonathan Saunders and Bella Freud. This season their signature hand-crafted, bold and progressive knitwear will be shown in an installation at London Fashion Week. Their latest collection of highly wearable knitwear pieces was based on a pub crawl around east London.

The NEWGEN MEN selection committee is made up of key opinion formers across media and retail. This season the panel included Adam Kelly, Selfridges; Alex Bilmes, Esquire; Belinda Burwell, Harrods; Charlie Porter, Fantastic Man; Gordon Richardson, TOPMAN; Jason Griffiths, TOPMAN; Jo-Ann Furniss, Arena Homme Plus; Luke Leitch, The Times; Lulu Kennedy, Fashion East & MAN; Patrick Grant, Norton & Sons; Richard Johnson, Harvey Nichols; Robert Johnston, GQ; Stephen Ayres, Liberty; Tim Blanks,

London Fashion Week’s womenswear shows will run from Friday 16th – Tuesday 20th September 2011 and menswear collections will be shown on Wednesday 21st September. London Fashion Week is located at Somerset House, Strand WC2. 

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Image: Back row - Dr Noki, Lou Dalton, Thom Murphy of New Power Studio, James Long
Front row - Sid Bryan, Joe Bates and Cozette McCreery of SIBLING, JW Anderson

For designers wishing to apply for NEWGEN MEN or to be part of Menswear Day please contact:
Katie Bain, Show Manager, British Fashion Council +44 (0) 20 7759 1978

For TOPMAN enquiries, please contact:
Kelly Reed, TOPMAN Press Office +44 (0) 20 7291 2721