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Christopher Raeburn is a highly respected young British fashion designer who is becoming increasingly visible in the world of fashion for creating ethically-aware men’s and Womenswear collections that are original in design and high in quality. Utilising re-appropriated military fabrics, Christopher Raeburn creates garments that are functional, intelligent and meticulously crafted, and which have been presented successfully at London and Paris Fashion Weeks for two seasons.
Staunchly British, all Raeburn garments are proudly “Remade in England” and produced in East London. Christopher is currently supported by BFC’s NEWGEN and Centre for Fashion Enterprise.
James Small is a 29 year old London based Menswear designer completed his BA at the London College of Fashion in 2001. James went straight to work with Kim Jones who had graduated from Central Saint Martins the same year, remaining with the Kim Jones team for seven years. As Head Designer James worked with Hugo Boss, Mulberry, Comme des Garcons, Iceberg and Umbro to name but a few. James has now moved on to start up his own eponymous label, his d?but collection “Ground Control” launched at London Fashion Week last season.
Katie Eary is the London-based designer who will soon need no introduction – her aggressive but noble Menswear is an unstoppable, inevitable hurricane ripping its own path through fashion. If difficult social and economic times such as this bring watershed moments, rare changes of perspective that grab fashion by the lapel and drag it into the future, then Katie is the young talent that really is the burgeoning voice, and attitude, of our generation.
Eary studied her MA at the Royal College of Art and graduated just last year. Heat started generating almost immediately: the first call she received was from British Vogue. Mario Testino was to shoot her custom-made pieces on Kate Moss.
“Even the hats” she reiterates. “I didn’t train to be a millinery designer and I didn’t make Womenswear, yet out of all the people that graduated that year they chose my stuff. That’s pretty incredible. I think if I’d been doing Womenswear, that wouldn’t have happened. And I think that about a lot of the opportunities that have come my way… I’m coming in through the back door, I think it’s something I’ve spent quite a lot of my life doing. But of course, fashion is a system that relies on beautiful product at the end, no matter what the starting point”.
It’s here that Eary excels – everything is bespoke and handmade by the designer herself in the finest wools, leather, brass and Swarovski crystals. Then there are here full-on SAGA furs in the street wear shapes. If Savile Row is struggling to modernise itself and become welcoming to younger clientele, British tailoring could take a few tips from Katie’s couture-led approach.
Of Arabic and English heritage, Omar Kashoura successfully graduated in 2004 with first class honours from the London College of Fashion, and a collection that secured Best International Menswear Designer at New York’s Gen Art Style Awards in 2005. Kashoura began his working career at London based fashion house Preen and later Unconditional. In 2006 Kashoura completed his Masters Degree at Central Saint Martin’s school of Art and Design. Since graduating with his Masters, the Omar Kashoura label has developed into an easily recognisable brand, has gone on to gain support from the Centre for Fashion Enterprise, in 2008 won the prestigious Deutsche Bank Pyramid Award and showed on schedule at London Fashion Week for AW10.
If you currently have a pen and paper to hand, write these names down. If you don’t, you might want to make a mental note, as these names are the promising Menswear designers of tomorrow. For those lucky enough to be attending London Fashion Week, these collections will be shown on 22nd September 2010. For all the rest of you, you will be able to catch live streaming of the shows and complete round-ups of the collections at londonfashionweek.co.uk. Oh, and of course with us here at Fashionbeans.