Ryan Lo and Ashley Williams — we hope you remember those names because you’re probably going to hear a lot more of them in the future. The British Fashion Council has named the two labels the recipients of its coveted NEWGEN catwalk honor, putting both on the fast track to the forefront of British fashion. The designers will receive a runway sponsorship this season along with 1205 and Marques’Almeida (who won last year as well), and will show their latest wares in February.
Other winners include Sadie Williams and Marta Jakubowski, who received the exhibition sponsorship. Molly Goddard, Claire Barrow, Danielle Romeril and Faustine Steinmetz all shared the presentation sponsorship. Many of these designers won NEWGEN sponsorships last season; Romeril and Steinmetz got one for presentation and Barrow also received one for exhibition. It will definitely be interesting to see how the labels have grown since receiving this support from the BFC.
This crop of NEWGEN designers joins a host of successful past recipients like Alexander McQueen, Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Kane and Simone Rocha. Keep your eyes peeled for what this new class does next.