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Fashion Forward 2012 Winners Announced


This morning, the British Fashion Council (BFC) announced the three womenswear designers—Mary Katrantzou, Henry Holland, and Louise Gray—and one menswear designer, James Long, who have been awarded the Fashion Forward sponsorship for two consecutive seasons of London shows. Long is the first menswear designer to receive funding from the Fashion Forward program. They are in good company. In the past six years of the program, the winners have included Jonathan Saunders, Christopher Kane, and, last year, Peter Pilotto, Todd Lynn, and Meadham Kirchhoff.

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British Fashion Council Announces NEWGEN Winners


Fifteen emerging designers, including Thomas Tait, J.W. Anderson, and Christopher Raeburn, were announced by the British Fashion Council today as winners of its NEWGEN sponsorship. The designers, who follow in the footsteps of alumni like Alexander McQueen, Jonathan Saunders, and Christopher Kane, will receive support from the Topshop-sponsored program to show at London fashion week in February 2012. They will also be a part of NEWGEN’s ten-year anniversary celebrations set for February. To see the full list of winners, visit the BFC’s Web site.

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Meet The Men Of Menswear With Tim Blanks


Menswear takes the stage today in London for LFW’s dedicated Man Day. And few better places for it. “The menswear scene in London has exploded in the past few years,” says’s Tim Blanks, and now in association with and the British Fashion Council, he’s working to support some of the rising stars. Tomorrow, launches a mini-store online retail space to showcase designs from four emerging Brit menswear talents: Christopher Raeburn, J.W. Anderson, Christopher Shannon, and James Long. In this exclusive video, Tim Blanks introduces a few of the guys to know.

In London, Toasting Those Who Push Fashion Forward


With women’s fashion weeks just around the corner, designers are scrambling to get their preparations in order—and those charitably inclined are reaching for their checkbooks. The latest boost comes courtesy of the British Fashion Council’s Fashion Forward Prize, which was presented last night in London. Peter Pilotto, Todd Lynn, and Meadham Kirchhoff all walked away with a cash infusion for their upcoming presentations in February and September and industry mentorship—despite the fact that the award is typically given to a single designer or label. They’re in good company: Past winners include Christopher Kane, Erdem Moralioglu, Jonathan Saunders, Louise Goldin, and Richard Nicoll.

Above, models wear Peter Pilotto, Meadham Kirchhoff, and Todd Lynn and yesterday’s announcement.

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London’s On Fire


The fire trucks were summoned to Ciano in New York City’s Flatiron district—site of last night’s cocktails, hosted by Ed Westwick and Georgia May Jagger (left) for up-and-coming London designers—by a small fire in a wood-burning oven. The firemen had it under control in a matter of moments, but they didn’t seem to want to leave. Must’ve been all the pretty young things—Hanneli Mustaparta in Todd Lynn and Byrdie Bell in Holly Fulton, included—at the party. The British Fashion Council’s co-chief executive, Caroline Rush, was even spotted posing for pictures with a ladder truck for a backdrop. But it hasn’t been all play and no work for the Londoners. From the sound of it, they’ve been selling like crazy down at the Soho Grand this week. “What makes London different is there’s such a sense of camaraderie and creative vitality amongst these designers—it gives them the confidence to do what each of them want to do, and not worry if their things are different from everybody else’s. That’s why we have such colorful originals as Meadham Kirchhoff, Louise Gray, Mary Katrantzou, and Michael van der Ham,” Vogue‘s Sarah Mower said. Thanks to the showroom appointments here and in Paris, she tells us, sales to international retailers have gone up by 50 percent over three seasons.

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