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Newgen Men’s Two New Talents

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Craig Green Fall '14This June during the London Collections: Men Spring ’15 shows, emerging designers Alex Mullins and Craig Green (whose Fall ’14 range is pictured, left) will debut their latest lineups with the support of Newgen Men. In addition to Green and Mullins, the initiative, backed by Topman, will continue to sponsor eight other returning menswear designers, including Agi & Sam, Kit Neale, and Astrid Andersen. “It is an incredible honor to be part of Newgen Men,” Green said. “The support is an incredibly valuable tool in allowing me to progress my business, for which I am very grateful.” The London men’s shows will kick off on June 15.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos/ IndigitalImages.com

The Split-Second Preview: Kit Neale

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The Fall ’14 menswear collections kicked off in London today, and will be followed by the shows at Florence’s Pitti Uomo, in Milan, and in Paris. Before the new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length previews at 140 characters or less. Our entire collection of Fall ’14 previews is available here.

Kit Neale preview

WHO: Kit Neale

WHERE: London

WHEN: Tuesday, January 7

WHAT: “Our homage to the Elephant and Castle focuses on rich color, graphic prints, sequins, and jacquards that complement Fall 14′s classic shapes.”—Kit Neale. The designer sent us a snap of his Fall ’14 mood board, above.

Photo: Courtesy of Kit Neale

NewGen-eration

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Shaun Samson Spring '14Believe it or not, it’s already time to start talking about Fall ’14. This morning, the British Fashion Council announced the upcoming season’s NewGen Men recipients: Ten (the largest number since the platform was launched in 2009) emerging labels will receive Topman-underwritten funding to present at the London Collections: Men shows in January. Alongside such returning names as Shaun Samson—who made strides during Spring ’14 with his reflective BMX-inspired shapes (left)—and Astrid Andersen, NewGen Men welcomes three freshman brands to its roster: ready-to-wear label Common, former Fashion East star Kit Neale, and innovative footwear designer Diego Vanassibara. For a full list of this season’s NewGen Men recipients, visit the initiative’s Web site.

Photo:Yannis Vlamos/ Indigitalimages.com

Fashion East Goes Full-Throttle

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Joseph Turvey's Spring '14

If the seven designers featured in Lulu Kennedy’s Fashion East menswear installation have anything in common, it’s that not one of them is a shrinking violet. Color, chaos, and cartoons burst forth, with Joseph Turvey (above) and Kit Neale paving the way. Neale, who once worked with Gareth Pugh, paid homage to Peckham (a part of London that makes Shoreditch seem absolutely gentrified) by printing a cartoonish map of the neighborhood on trousers. Turvey explained that he “loves flowers,” and there they were, blooming on a range of shirts. His explosive hues also turned up on a pair of baggy, Rothko-inspired trousers, and on the models’ hair, which was dyed pink and green.

Liam Hodges—whose models were getting a morning beer buzz while wearing his knitted, “garish,” multicolored stadium ponchos—told us that he creates “luxury that doesn’t cater to the highborns.” Meanwhile, Craig Green—the MAN designer who famously customized David Beckham’s Adidas sneakers for the Olympic celebrations—showcased a painterly range of footwear (below), which he made in collaboration with Purified. “I think these shoes will sell like crazy,” said Kennedy, adding that they were a smart way to subtly incorporate color into one’s look.

Craig Green's ShoesAnother uniting aspect of the collections was a military theme. Meadham Kirchhoff showed vintage military footage during their presentation upstairs, and Marques’Almeida—which debuted its first menswear outing—displayed navy-and-black-camo denim looks with unfinished hems. To cap it off—literally—Tom Ryling’s models wore military berets, which for more than one onlooker evoked an image of Prince Harry in uniform.

While watching over her talents, Lulu offered a little bit of insight into this season’s LC:M. “I’ve seen things normally reserved for women, like floral, lace, and frills,” she said. “For sure, the fashion types will wear it. But really, these details are all so incredible, I hope they will trickle down into the mainstream.” Here’s hoping, Lulu.

Photos: Courtesy of Fashion East

Fashion East Announces Its Men’s Lineup

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Kit Neale's Fall '13 collectionLondon Collections: Men kicks off June 16, and while it might only be the platform’s third stint on the international scene, Spring ’14 marks Lulu Kennedy’s Fashion East’s tenth Menswear Installations. The emerging-designer initiative’s latest lineup includes newcomer Liam Hodges, as well as alums Kit Neale (left), Joseph Turvey, and art director Tom Ryling. Also participating this time around is returning talent and MAN designer Craig Green, as well as Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida of Marques’Almeida, who, having already received NEWGEN support for their womenswear collection, will debut their first menswear range this season.