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Paula Knorr, Royal College of Art MA 2015
Paula Knorr, Royal College of Art MA 2015Photography Asia Werbel

NEWGEN announces SS17 recipients

The scheme reveals which eight emerging designers will be receiving support for the upcoming SS17 show season

Today, the British Fashion Council, in collaboration with Topshop, announced its NEWGEN recipients for the SS17 show season.

Seven of the eight designers – Ashley Williams, Danielle Romeril, Faustine Steinmetz, Marta Jakubowski, Molly Goddard, Ryan Lo and Sadie Williams – have already received support and will continue to do so. However the eighth recipient, recent Royal College of Art MA graduate Paula Knorr, will be receiving it for the first time.

Originally from Frankfurt, London-based Knorr’s womenswear label is in its third season; the latest of which explores themes of womanhood. The collection, entitled ‘Collage of Herself’, will be showcased in a static presentation and along with the other NEWGEN recipients, Knorr will be given a pop-up showroom space to display her garments.

Commenting on this year’s recipients, Sarah Mower, BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent, Chief Critic, and Chair of the NEWGEN committee, said, “The designers who graduate through this scheme are the lifeblood of London and its reputation as a creative hotbed with business credentials developed at a very early stage. This generation is thinking of new ways of presenting and are natural communicators of the digital age – they are all individualists with exciting, optimistic ideas which are a delight to see.”

Previous recipients of the award, which aims to nurture fashion’s emerging talent, include Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, J.W. Anderson and Erdem – high company to be among for this new wave of designers.