Tag: New Gen Men

In the studio with Diego Vanassibara

Posted on 13th April, by Colin Chapman in menswear, Shoes. No Comments

The recipients of New Gen Men, one of London’s most highly regarded initiatives for fledgling menswear design talent, were announced this week by the BFC. Backed by Topman, the scheme provides successful recipients with tailored mentoring support alongside their sponsorship, with a view to helping these emerging designers build their businesses. Among the latest line-up (and receiving the New Gen funding for the second time running) is shoe designer Diego Vanassibara. Diego cuts a dash not only with his unique personal style but also as the solitary men’s shoe designer within the line-up of colourful, largely East London-based fashion designers.

I caught up with Diego in his refreshingly leafy, suburban studio to discuss all things shoes. Originally from the South of Brazil, Diego initially studied architecture in his native country. Finding … Read More »

Lou Dalton, brooding underdogs inspire a perfectly edited collection

Posted on 20th June, by Colin Chapman in 2013, London Collections: Men, Lou Dalton. No Comments

It’s reached that point in the week after the menswear shows when reportage needs to switch over into analysis. As atmospheric as the shows can be, at some point it’s necessary to start to filter, retaining only the really memorable and striking. Which makes it an ideal moment to talk about Lou Dalton‘s collection for Spring/Summer 13. This was a perfectly edited collection: simple shapes, a handful of great colours and materials, no fuss, no ephemeral fluff or unnecessary detail. Which feels exactly right for menswear. As Lou hinted at in our pre-collection interview a couple of weeks ago, the collection was inspired by the underdog. This struck me as a continuing theme in Lou’s work; in previous collections we’ve seen looks inspired by Romany cardsharks and by young men piecing together … Read More »

London’s finest interviewed: Martine Rose

Posted on 1st June, by Colin Chapman in London Collections: Men. 4 Comments

As part of my countdown to London Collections: Men I’ve been speaking to some of my favourite designers in London this week, capturing a quick snapshot of their thoughts leading up to the big event. Next in line is the amazing Martine Rose, fresh from the excitement of seeing Jake Shears rocking a head-to-toe Rose look on The Graham Norton show last week. Martine’s last collection brought a real sense of London rich street style heritage, especially through the revisioned MA1 flight jackets. To me that deep counter-cultural history is what makes fashion from our capital so unique. International visitors, new to the London shows, could find no better place to orient themselves than Martine’s work.

Four questions for Martine Rose

1. SL: Congratulations on winning the New Gen Men catwalk sponsorship. What does this … Read More »

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