fashion east adds one new designer for stellar spring/summer 17 season

Newcomer Matty Bovan joins Richard Malone, AV Robertson, and Mimi Wade for the London Fashion Week group show in September.

by Tish Weinstock and i-D Staff
09 August 2016, 12:41pm

​Photography Francesca Allen

Hip hip hooray! Big congratulations are in order for womenswear designers Richard Malone, AV Robertson, and Mimi Wade who have once again been selected to show with fashion talent incubator Fashion East this season. "I'm really excited to show again with Fashion East," says CSM graduate Richard Malone, "And super grateful to Lulu and the team for all of their ongoing support and brilliant advice." "I feel so blessed to have the support of Fashion East for a second season," adds fellow CSM graduate Mimi Wade.

Joining them this season — and following in the footsteps of Fashion East alumni Jonathan Saunders, Simone Rocha, Claire Barrow and Ashley Williams — is newcomer Matty Bovan, who launched his label in 2016 after completing his CSM knitwear MA last year. Not only does Bovan have the L'Oreal Proffessionnel Creative Award and LVMH Graduate Prize 2015 to his name, he has also enjoyed a stint with Louis Vuitton as a junior designer, and has collaborated with Marc Jacobs and Miu Miu among others. "It's great timing for me as I feel I've been able to explore and develop my universe in the last year since graduating," says Bovan. "It feels like a natural progression for me to now be showing at Fashion East. I feel super lucky and excited to have their support."

"We're hugely proud of all our talented designers and delighted to welcome Matty into the mix," says Lulu Kennedy MBE, who founded Fashion East in 2000, with the continued support of Topshop. "This is my dream line up! It's super exciting to be hosted in our sponsor Topshop's venue again, this season in Old Spitalfields Market in the heart of our home, the East End."

Collections will be presented during a group show and presentation event on Saturday, September 17 at the Topshop showspace. In addition, the four designers will receive financial sponsorship, mentoring, and a place in the top international sales showrooms in Paris.

Matty Bovan CSM MA detail/ Image courtesy of Fashion East
A.V. Robertson fall/winter 16. Backstage photography Ronan Mckenzie

Mimi Wade. Image courtesy of Fashion East
Richard Malone fall/winter 16. Backstage photography Lillie Eiger 


Text Tish Weinstock
Photography Francesca Allen 

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