charles jeffrey, feng chen wang and per götesson return for man autumn/winter 17
Fashion East have announced an unchanged catwalk trio, with Rottingdean Bazaar joined by newcomers Art School for the presentation.
charles jeffery's loverboy
Lulu Kennedy's fashion incubation platform Fashion East, supported by Topman, has announced an unchanged catwalk line up for the MAN autumn/winter 17 season. Charles Jeffrey's LOVERBOY returns for a hotly anticipated third season, with Feng Chen Wang back for round two, following up her impressive spring/summer 17 debut, and Per Götesson amping up his offering with a full catwalk collection, building on last season's whimsical static presentation.
"There was zero doubt in our mind that we would continue to work with [these three designers] after their incredible shows last season," Lulu Kennedy tells i-D. "It really was one of my favourite MAN shows ever in the entire decade we've been running the project," she enthuses, adding "All three designers had a super strong season, both creatively and commercially at sales picking up great stores, and we strongly believe in their potential".
All eyes will be on purveyors of tights on T-shirts and fags on badges Rottingdean Bazaar, AKA Luke Brooks and James Theseus Buck, who will return to the Fashion East Men's Presentation after their universally loved debut last season. That duo will be joined by another: newcomers Art School, the collaborative project of recent graduates Eden Loweth (menswear, Ravensbourne) and Tom Barratt (art criticism, CSM), whose work is noted for "exploring and celebrating the idiosyncratic nature of queer style".
"Rottingdean Bazaar's debut with us at last season was just genius -- it's a huge pleasure to support them," Kennedy says. "The endless avalanche of creativeness, originality plus flawless execution make them a super exciting label to watch". As for newbies Art School, fashion's fairy godmother explains: "I knew Eden from his days assisting [Fashion East alumni] Grace Wales Bonner and loved his own graduate collection -- I'm a huge fan of the jewellery! -- so I was super happy when he told us he and Tom had started Art School together. I love what they're exploring and representing, there's a real passion to them, we're all excited to see what they do in January."
The autumn/winter 17 MAN catwalk show and Fashion East Men's Presentation are held during London Collections: Men in January, and for the first time ever they will share the same venue: the Topman Showspace at Old Selfridges Hotel.
Text Charlotte Gush
Photography Piczo; Eden Loweth image courtesy Fashion East