The new batch of designers receiving support from the British Fashion Council’s NEWGEN scheme has just been announced. NEWGEN has supported renowned designers in the past, such as Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, and J.W. Anderson.
The latest additions to the list of recipients include Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY, Halpern, Nicholas Daley, A-COLD-WALL*, and Richard Quinn. Quinn, known for his eclectic prints and masked models, is receiving support under the ‘One to Watch’ category.
They will join existing recipients Molly Goddard, COTTWEILER, Wales Bonner, Kiko Kostadinov, Liam Hodges, Phoebe English MAN, Marta Jakubowski, Paula Knorr, and Sadie Williams.
The announcement comes with a reshuffle of the current format, where recipients were seasonally chosen based on the gender for which they design. Now, menswear and womenswear categories have been combined under a single bracket, and will be under the scheme on an annual rather than seasonal basis.
The chief executive of the BFC, Caroline Rush CBE, was pleased to reveal the updated structure: “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. 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.”
Along with financial aid, the fourteen designers will have the opportunity to present their work at a pop-up event at The Store Studios, the new home of London Fashion Week.
Feature image by Barbara, courtesy of the BFC.