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Monday, 20 February 2012

The NEWGENerations

As well as the excitement of the live shows, one of the best bits of London Fashion Week is the exhibitions that are throughout Somerset House of all the up and coming designers in the industry. 
In 1993 The British Fashion Council set up NEWGEN, a scheme to recognise new talent in the Fashion industry. For the past 10 years Topshop have been the sponsor of this scheme, and it has built up quite a long list of wonderful winners such as Alexander McQueen, Matthew Williamson, Christopher Kane and Richard Nicoll. 

So with all this in mind the first place I hit when I arrived was the NEWGEN exhibit! Having a real mooch about is the best way to get a feel for each designer and their style. 
Below are my favourite picks (but I am being fussy as they were all fab)

How amazing are all these pieces, all so unique and different.  I Love love love James Long's dresses with the sequins they take metallic's to another level, and Michal van der Ham's clutches would literally style any outfit! 
It makes the future of fashion a very exciting place, and one thing that struck me about all these designers as I was walking round was the wearability of all the items, yes, some were more "safe" than others but all have a real sense of day to day clothing.
And for me, that is what I want to see from new designs, something different and exciting, but still able to imagine how this will fit into our own sense of style. 

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