TopShop and the New Generation initiative just announced their fall Fashion Week picks, and here are the kids whose shows will be funded: Christopher Kane (Versace consultant and Carine darling...) Danielle Scutt (our new favorite eccentric, at left...) Duro Olowu (a Nigerian print fanatic with magical silk dresses...) Erdem (who won the Fashion Fringe award a year ago...) Gareth Pugh (our favorite mad scientist...) Louise Golden (a knitwear guru who claimed her last collection was influenced by Burkas...) Marios Schwab (who won the British Fashion Award last year...) Todd Lynn (a rock band costumer, and the only menswear designer on the bill...) The awards alleviate the financial pressure of showing this fall, but they also bring new stress: If you've been dubbed The Next Big Thing by all of Britain, you'd think every stitch was sewing your fate. Of course, the real mark of a New Gen designer hitting it big is when their sponsor, TopShop, starts ripping off their catwalk collection... or have we forgotten their brief romance with rave t-shirts?
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And the Nominees for the 2013 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund Are...
The British Fashion Council has just announced the shortlist of designers up for the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund and it's quite a talented group.
Christopher Kane and Versus Part Ways
Before the rumors about Christopher Kane going to Balenciaga were squelched (a spokesperson for Kane said that the report was "unfounded") I wondered: If Kane was going to helm Balenciaga, what would happen to Versus, the kid-sister Versace line he's designed for the past six seasons? Surely, he couldn't carry on designing three lines. Even though today brings no new developments regarding who will replace Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga, Versace has announced that Christopher Kane will be leaving Versus in what WWD is describing as a "mutual agreement" between Kane and Donatella Versace. It's a "mutual agreement" because there was no termination of contract--Versus is simply taking a different tack.