Meet The 6 Young Designers Taking Over London
There has always been a rather special place within the London fashion scene for young designers. After all, it is the city where both Alexander McQueen and John Galliano got their start. And in keeping with London’s rich fashion history, this past fashion week brought a cohort of incredible emerging young designers. Below, find our top six.
1. Teatum Jones
Designers Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones will leave their mark on the industry with their realistic luxury. Drawing beauty from real life narratives, they layer every collection with color, textures, and prints—and that’s exactly what we got from their SS17 offerings. Inspired by the strength found in Scottish diversity, the young Scottish designers left us wanting more from their botanical prints, abstract paint splotches by artist Tom Leamon, and their first venture into menswear. A milestone collection for the designers bringing humanity back into fashion.
2. Ryan Lo
It takes one look at Ryan Lo’s SS17 collection—a marriage of Victorian pirates and the romantic rajas of India—to see why the Hong Kong-born designer has generated so much buzz. There’s just no one out there delivering the kind of sugarcoated designs and candy-hued ruffles that Ryan Lo is pumping out by the season. For SS17, he sent Venetian clown-inspired prints down the runway, in addition to floral jacquard coats, puff-shoulder dresses, and several extravagant Marabou-trimmed tricorn hats by renowned milliner Stephen Jones.
3. Ashley Williams
For her clothes, Ashley Williams tends to borrow nostalgic-heavy design elements from 1980s youth culture. Her SS17 collection ranged from puffball dresses and dungarees, to miniskirts and graphic two-piece suits—and was everything we wanted when we were young (and still do today). She has an honest, realistic touch, and this lineup of reimagined silhouettes of yesteryear is only the beginning.
4. Molly Goddard
Since the debut of her eponymous label in February 2015, Molly Goddard has become a major name to watch in the London fashion scene—and her latest outing at London Fashion Week (Goddard’s runway debut) is a case in point. For SS17, she showcased her ability to balance top techniques with delicate aesthetics, and of course offered up a hefty, fluorescent-hued supply of her signature tulle baby-doll dresses and skirts.
5. Sid Neigum
Here’s a designer we’ve been paying close attention to since his stunning London Fashion Week debut last season: Toronto-based Sid Neigum. Now making his runway debut as the winner of the DHL Exported competition, a contest sponsored by IMG and DHL to help emerging designers expand internationally, Neigum’s designs are at once simple and extravagant. It takes a lot of talent to create a series of unique garments in a single hue, but he does it time and again. However this season, just as you thought he would continue doling out a collection of whites and blacks, he surprised us all with looks in vermillion red and golden tones; this was easily one of the major highlights—and the perfect end to—this past LFW.
6. Matty Bovan
At 26 years old, Matty Bovan is, hands down, one of the most exciting young designers to debut at the recent Fashion East showcase during this past London Fashion Week. With his inventive knits; bold color juxtapositions; and copious, seemingly disparate textures, this Central Saint Martins graduate is translating the skills he honed at Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, and Miu Miu into an intoxicating, psychedelic, yet entirely wearable line. And that’s not an easy feat.
Teatum Jones photo by Cleo Glover, Ryan Lo and Molly Goddard photos by Philip Trengove, Ashley Williams and Matty Bovan photos by Anabel Navarro Llorens, and Sid Neigum photo via Vogue. Featured graphic by Ashley Britton.
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