[F]ashion East and Topman’s ongoing MAN partnership has fostered a new age of radical menswear in London. Today, the brands announced their continued support for the formidable duos Art School (Eden Loweth and Tom Barratt) and Rottingdean Bazaar (James Theseus Buck and Luke Brooks) as well as for newcomer Stefan Cooke.
Cooke, who graduated from Central St. Martin’s earlier this year and who has worked under the eye of Craig Green in London and Walter van Beirendonck in Antwerp brings his signature subversive and technical designs to MAN. Taking ordinary clothes as a starting point, Cooke photographs and digitally manipulates them before transposing them onto synthetic materials. The result is an out-there take on the banality of everyday items.
That theme continues to be a pre-occupation of Rottingdean Bazaar too, who have leveraged such mundane items as garden forks, cutlery, hammers and dried pasta to invigorate the London menswear scene. Art School meanwhile have obliterated the ancient notions of gendered ready-to-wear fashion, delivering an idiosyncratic take on queer style.
All three labels follow in the footsteps of previous MAN graduates including Jonathan Anderson, Christopher Shannon, Craig Green, Graces Wales Bonner, Martine Rose, Kim Jones and Liam Hodges. Each designer receives financial support, business mentoring and a place in a leading international showroom in Paris. See the work of all three designers below.
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