MAN POWER: A host of young men’s wear talent will come under the Fashion East and MAN spotlights during the January shows in London, which have been rebranded London Fashion Week Men’s.
Both Fashion East and MAN will be housed, for the first time, under one roof at Topman’s show space, The Old Selfridges Hotel, next to the store, off Oxford Street.
Fashion East is a non-profit initiative established in 2000 by Lulu Kennedy and The Old Truman Brewery to showcase emerging designers in both men’s and women’s wear.
The Fashion East designers are James Buck and Luke Brooks, who will be showing their label Rottingdean Bazaar for the second time, as well as newcomers Art School, designed by Eden Loweth and Tom Barratt.
MAN was launched in 2005 by Fashion East and Topman as a support scheme for new men’s wear design talent. MAN alumni include Kim Jones, J.W. Anderson, Christopher Shannon, Craig Green and Grace Wales Bonner.
For the fall season, MAN will continue to support Charles Jeffrey Loverboy, Feng Chen Wang and Per Götesson in a group catwalk show.
In addition to holding a show, the MAN designers receive financial sponsorship, business mentoring and inclusion in a Paris sales showroom.
“Charles Jeffrey returns to the MAN lineup for third time, and we are intrigued to see what Feng Chen Wang brings to the catwalk this season, after such as impressive debut. Per Götesson also returns for a second time, but this time around he is showing a full catwalk collection,” said Topman creative director Gordon Richardson.
Jeffrey, a Central Saint Martin’s MA graduate, sells his collection at stores including Dover Street Market in London, New York City and Tokyo; Boon the Shop in Seoul, and The Four Eyed in Tokyo.
The Beijing-born, London-based Wang launched her label Feng Chen Wang in 2015 following the completion of her MA at the Royal College of Art. In 2016 she was one of 23 designers shortlisted for the LVMH Prize. Wang debuted in London on the MAN catwalk in June.
She sells at stores including Lane Crawford in Shanghai, D-MOP in Hong Kong, GR8 in Tokyo and Vfiles in New York City.
Götesson, who is originally from a small town in the province of Småland in Sweden, is based in London and is a men’s wear MA graduate of the Royal College of Art. His collection is sold at Boon the Shop, H Lorenzo in Los Angeles, GR8 and Paris’ L’Eclaireur.