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Fashion East reveals SS17 line-up

By Danielle Wightman-Stone

10 Aug 2016

Fashion talent incubator Fashion East, supported by Topshop, has revealed that designers A.V Robertson, Mimi Wade and Richard Malone will return from last season for SS17, and will be joined by newcomer Matty Bovan.

The spring/summer 2017 event will take place on September 17 in Topshop’s show space during London Fashion Week and will feature both catwalk shows and presentations.

New addition Bovan launched his brand earlier this year after completing his Central Saint Martins knitwear MA in 2015. His graduate collection showcased his cacophony of sculptural knits, textures, and handmade adornments and saw him winning both the L’Oreal Professionnel Creative Award and the LVMH Graduate Prize 2015. His Fashion East debut will also mark his first time presenting during London Fashion Week.

Lulu Kennedy, director of Fashion East said: “We’re hugely proud of all our talented designers and delighted to welcome Matty into the mix – this is my dream line up! It’s super exciting to be hosted in our sponsor Topshop’s venue again, this season in Old Spitalfields Market in the heart of our home, the East End.”

Fashion East adds Central Saint Martins graduate Matty Bovan to SS17 line-up

Sheena Sauvaire, global communications and marketing director, Topshop, which has been the headline sponsor for the past 12 years, added: "The Fashion East showcase is always a great indicator of the next wave of new talent in our industry. As innovation is at the heart of London, it is a really exciting addition to the schedule and one we are proud to continue to support."

The four designers were chosen by a panel of editors, buyers and stylists. In addition to the London Fashion Week showcasing event, designers will also receive financial sponsorship, intensive one-to-one business mentoring, and inclusion in a leading Paris sales showroom.

Fashion East was established in 2000 to nurture, develop and showcase emerging designers, its alumni includes Gareth Pugh, Jonathan Saunders, Roksanda Ilincic, Simone Rocha and Marques’Almeida.

Images: Matty Bovan courtesy of Fashion East