BFC names latest NewGen designers

Ashley Williams, Claire Barrow, Danielle Romeril, Faustine Steinmetz, Marta Jakubowski, Molly Goddard, Ryan Lo and Sadie Williams are the latest designers to receive NewGen support to showcase their collection at London's AW16 fashion week.

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Ryan Lo and Ashley Williams will host catwalk shows, and the other designers static presentations. All of them will get a dedicated pop-up showroom space within the Designer Showrooms at Brewer Street Car Park.

In addition, Westminster fashion graduate Roberta Einer has been chosen as One to Watch this season, and will present an installation in the NewGen area within the Designer Showrooms.

NewGen supports emerging talent and is supported by Topshop. It first launched in 1993 and has helped Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Jonathan Saunders, J.W.Anderson, Marques’Almeida, Mary Katrantzou, Nicholas Kirkwood, Roksanda Ilincic and Simone Rocha.

Sarah Mower MBE, BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent, Contributing Editor to Vogue US and Chair of the NewGen selection commented: “Thanks to the sustained support from Topshop and Sir Philip Green NewGen has been London’s prime generator of exciting talent for over a decade. The long-term pattern of success was again readable at this year’s British Fashion Awards, where former ‘graduates’ J.W.Anderson, Erdem, Mary Katrantzou, Thomas Tait and Jordan Askill swept the board.

Emerging Talent nominations were also won by Molly Goddard and Faustine Steinmetz, who are still in the NewGen scheme, and will return with their remarkable presentations in February. They’re joined by Ashley Williams, Claire Barrow, Danielle Romeril, Marta Jakubowski, Ryan Lo and Sadie Williams, as well as Westminster University recent graduate, Roberta Einer, who steps into the One-To-Watch slot.”

Mary Homer, Managing Director, Topshop commented: "Supporting emerging talent is at the very heart of the Topshop brand and we are incredibly proud sponsors of the NewGen initiative. Seeing the prestigious alumni that the scheme has nurtured, as well as the promising names that are currently part of the programme, demonstrates the intrinsic importance of NewGen to the continuing development of home-grown talent for a global stage."
 

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