Twice a year, a panel led by the British Fashion Council selects a handful of emerging designers to take part in a London Fashion Week program called Newgen, which offers space for designers to present their seasonal collections to buyers and press, as well as a temporary showroom to take sales appointments. Beyond being a useful service for the designers, it also alerts the fashion community that they are the ones to watch — past recipients include Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Jonathan Saunders and J.W. Anderson. The program is now in its 23rd year, and has been sponsored by Topshop since 2001.
For the spring/summer 2016 show season in September, nine designers were chosen — all of which were involved in Newgen last season. The labels 1205, Ashley Williams and Ryan Lo have been chosen to host full runway shows at Topshop's yet-to-be-named LFW venue. (Past venues have included the Tate Britain and Tate Modern.) Claire Barrow, Danielle Romeril, Faustine Steinmetz and Molly Goddard have been awarded presentation sponsorships, and Marta Jakubowski and Sadie Williams have been granted exhibition space. The only designer not returning to the program this season is Marques'Almeida, which won the prestigious LVMH Prize (and with it, about $330,000 in funding) this May.
Click through the slideshow above to learn a bit more about these promising young talents.