Next big thing: Alan Taylor

On Sunday the third season of LondonCollection:Men, the London mens fashion week begins. A highlight of the week we’re especially looking forward to: The MAN SS 2014 show.

The MAN show we reported on already last season in London is a platform for young designers, created by TOPMAN and the FASHION EAST initiative. Top-notch designers such as Christopher Shannon and J.W. Anderson have emerged from the talent factory.

Alan Taylor who, just like J.W. Anderson, is from Ireland will be showing his collection at MAN for the first time. Taylor finished his BA in womenswear on the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and worked for Simone Rocha afterwards.

Taylor explains why he designs menswear with his own label in an interview with avant-garde chica Susie Bubble:

“It’s obviously more extravagant and there’s a lot more to play with but with my designs — and it’s a geeky thing — I really like details. I’m fascinated with the construction of pockets for example. For the new collection, I have this new way for fastening a jacket front. Those things make such a difference in menswear. They really separate the garments.”

As opposed to the majority of young designers in London streetwear has little to no impact on Taylors work. He presents tailoring with an innovative twist. It is comparable with the works of Agi&Sam, even though the realization is a lot less ironic.

In his Autumn/Winter 2013-14 collection Taylor created a fourth dimension by working with transparent sleeves and pant legs that were stitched on to the core construct, the suit.

He’s definitely got some balls, that Taylor dude. We’re looking forward to see which historic innovation he has up his sleeve for the MAN S/S 2014 show.

Von: David Kurt Karl Roth

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