LC:M is one of the most prestigious platforms for up-and-coming menswear talent to present their designs to hundreds of buyers, professionals and members of the press, helping them to gain commercial success within the notoriously cut-throat fashion industry. If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere…
Made in collaboration between Topman and Fashion East, the MAN show is one of the best places to discover the next generation of standout British menswear designers – alumni from previous seasons include J.W. Anderson and James Long. Each season, three names are chosen by a panel of fashion bigwigs (including Nicola Formichetti and Tim Blanks) to receive advice, support in PR and catwalk show production and a bursary. Hitting the catwalk this season are…
Irish-born, East London-based designer Rory Parnell-Mooney is an MA graduate from Central Saint Martins, who first showed his graduate range at London Fashion Week in 2014 and his debut collection at London Collections: Men in January this year. A/W16 will mark his third season with MAN. Rory’s aesthetic is stark, stripped-back and powerful, with previous collections drawing on inspirations like European rioters, artist Kazimir Malevich and the ritual art of dressing.
Next up we have Charles Jeffrey, a Scottish-born illustrator and designer who has graduated from Central Saint Martins with both a BA and MA in menswear fashion. Returning to LC:M for a second season with MAN, Charles is also founder of a monthly club night called LOVERBOY at Vogue Fabrics in Dalston, known for its glittering, outrageously dressed crowd of creatives and friends. His S/S16 collection combined colourful paint-splattered denim with contemporary plays on shape and tailoring, set against a dark, evocative show space with elements borrowed from past LOVERBOY nights.
Grace Wales Bonner
Grace Wales Bonner presented alongside Charles Jeffrey last season, and also returns to MAN for A/W16. Staged the floor above Charles’ hedonistic rave, her S/S16 collection presented a subtler, more refined approach to menswear with an exploration of the intersection between Europe and Africa in masculine luxury, referencing concepts like black male sexuality and identity. Graduating from Central Saint Martins with the L’Oreal Professionel Talent Award last year, Grace has also scooped the Emerging Menswear Designer prize at 2015’s British Fashion Awards.
We predict big things for all of A/W15’s MAN designers – stay tuned!