Fashion East Announce This Year’s Three MAN Designers
Various states of panic as the realisation that Christmas is mere days away (as reminded by Sophia’s yelps as she entered the building this AM), and even more states of panic in the realisation that London Fashion Week Men’s is but a mere few days after that. Argh. We are reminded this morning by the announcement of the three designers that will be taking part in Fashion East’s and Topman’s MAN show, perhaps the most important fashion incubator in the world. So, drum roll – returning for another season are the wildly talented pair of duos Art School and Rottingdean Bazaar, and joining them for their runway debut is Stefan Cooke. Who is Stefan? Stefan is a Central Saint Martins MA graduate whose work subverts wardrobe staples by recreating them using sublimation printing. It’s very good. So good, that Cooke won this year’s H&M Design Award.
Lulu Kennedy, Director of Fashion East, said in a statement this morning: “last season’s extraordinary catwalk debuts of ART SCHOOL and Rottingdean Bazaar marked a radical standout MAN show for me and we are thrilled to be working with them for a second season. And I’m super excited that brilliant new talent Stefan Cooke is joining our lineup, his meta print aesthetic stole the show at the Central Saint Martin’s graduate show and we can’t wait to see how he develops.”
Photograph by Lily Bertrand-Webb