Main Image: Art School

It seems like only yesterday that we were thick in the midst of Fashion Month madness – and, as is always the case, we need only blink before another season of style (in this case, London Fashion Week: Men’s) is upon us once more. 

We’re certainly in for a treat this Autumn/Winter 2019: Think emerging designers who are making their hotly-anticipated solo debuts, long-serving on-schedule stalwarts that are celebrating anniversaries, and ethically-minded talent showing us how far their sustainable stance can be pushed. Boy, are we ready!

Art School
In their first on-schedule, standalone London Fashion Week runway – following on from graduating Lulu Kennedy’s incubator of emerging talent, Fashion East – Art School are sure to be this season’s new design talent to note.

A creative partnership between non-binary partners Eden Loweth – who graduated from BA Fashion: Menswear at Ravensbourne in 2016, and worked under London Fashion Week darlingGrace Wales Bonner – and Tom Barratt – who graduated from BA Art Criticism, Communication and Curation at Central Saint Martins in 2016 – Art School is succeeding in subverting the lines between menswear and womenswear. Priding its identity on celebrating idiosyncratic expression with no holds barred, the brand has already been picked up by Matches FashionSelfridges and Shyness, amongst others. Keep your peepers peeled in their direction!

Image: Bethany Williams

Bethany Williams
This time last year, we charted the philanthropic fashion of Bethany Williams in her debut collection, Women of Change – which looked to recycled and organic materials, and put the young designer on the map as a sustainable innovator to follow closely. Fast-forward 12 months and the designer returns to the schedule with No Address Needed to Join, a presentation that pushes her ethos further, through a collaboration with social and environmental activists, and socially engaged, all-inclusive model agency, TIH Models.

Driving home Bethany’s core message of environmental and social responsibility, the collection will utilise waste from the publishing industry to draw attention to a culture of recycling. Plus, 20% of the profits will go towards supporting the The Mobile Library Charity initiative… Props to you, Bethany!

Image: Christopher Raeburn

Christopher Raeburn
Autumn/Winter 2019 is a special occasion for storied, sustainable British designer Christopher Raeburn, marking 10 years of being in the biz with his namesake, progressive brand. Congrats, Christopher! 

Renowned for predicting up-cycling trends, including his re-appropriation of military fabrics and outerwear created from de-commissioned parachutes, Autumn/Winter sees the designer champion all things recycled and remade in his distinctive, functional aesthetic. Watch this space…

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