Oliver Spencer Wins Award At WGSN
British born Oliver Spencer has fought off competition from Meadham Kirchhoff, Christophe Lemaire and Dries Van Noten to be named Best Menswear Designer at the WGSN Global Fashion Awards.
Taking place in the hallowed halls of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the star-studded gala recognises and rewards brilliant creative design in the fashion and retail industries from around the world.
Originally from Coventry, England, Spencer, a self-taught tailor who launched his modern British label in 2002, is now regarded as one of the most original and creative names in fashion. The home-grown talent bears a proud British heritage, with more than half of his line made here in the UK.
In the words of the maestro himself, Spencer describes his brand as: “An expression of modern man”. He draws inspiration primarily from military apparel and hunting. Whilst his looks stick heavily to a classic English aesthetic, he embellishes his creations with American and Japanese overtones.
His aim in launching his own label was to create a collection that heavily mirrored his own wardrobe; clothes which straddled the gap between streetwear and traditional tailoring. As such, he frequently combines a modern fit with luxury fabrics and conservative construction of materials.
Spencer’s clothing has proved particularly popular with music icons, having been spotted on The Rolling Stones, Paul Weller and The Doves. They have also graced the backs of prominent film stars, from Toby Jones to Martin Freeman and Benicio Del Toro.
The full list of WGSN winners, which includes G-Star’s denim and Acne’s design team, can be found here.