Today saw the announcement of which bright young things will be receiving BFC NEWGEN sponsorship for London Fashion Week's coming S/S shows. Top of the pile are Simone Rocha, J.W. Anderson and Michael van der Ham, all of whom received catwalk sponsorship. A beaming Simone told us that she hadn't even been aware that only three designers were set to receive the coveted catwalk funding - so a happy, if surprising, day all round then! Also expecting a forthcoming pay-packet are Christopher Raeburn, J.JS Lee, Lucas Nascimento, Marques'Almeida, Nasir Mazhar and Sister by Sibling, all of whom received presentation sponsorship. Finally, recipients of the exhibition sponsorship are Palmer//Harding, Huishan Zhang, Lim Cooper and Sophia Webster. One of the stars of the last Central Saint Martins MA show, knitwear talent Lim Cooper in particular is on our one-to-watch list. All in all, the announcement really helped hammer home what exciting young talent we currently have on our turf! Congratulations one and all!
A make-or-break financial support for many budding designers, NEWGEN has been providing the money behind the magic since 1993. Previous beneficiaries include Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Christopher Kane and Marios Schwab. For a handy visual history of some of NEWGEN's finest moments, revisit NEWGEN//TEN, Nick Knight's glorious fashion film created to celebrate the ten year anniversary of Topshop's relationship with the NEWGEN scheme.