Boy Toy

Next generation menswear focuses on structure, texture and colour

Text by Malcolm Mafara

Photography by Nicole Maria-Winkler

Styling by Malcolm Mafara

The three designers on these pages have studied at two of London's most prestigious design schools, Central Saint Martins and the London College of Fashion. Pun Sarasas is currently in his  final year of his bachelor's degree  at CSM, Chan Juan Zhou is a master's  2012 graduate at LCF, and Claudio Aritzu is a bachelor's pre-grad student at LCF. With London about to host its own menswear shows on the international calendar, the art of male dressing is once again back in focus. Each designer featured here demonstrates the rich variety that is a feature of contemporary British menswear, making them among the hottest new names in fashion.

Pun Sarasas

Thai-born Sarasas originally trained as a fine artist before becoming fascinated by the skills and craftsmanship particular to fashion. Graduating with a bachelor's degree in menswear this June, he participated in the "Re make Re model" show at the Serpentine Gallery last summer. His collection is nonchalant and seemingly effortless, with references to the British glam rock scene and space-age nostalgia.

Chan Juan Zhou

Chan Juan (Diana) Zhou's collection is based on Nature's "five elements". Prior to graduating in January with a master's degree in menswear fashion design technology, Zhou had studied in Denmark and Beijing. Her collection adopts recycled or recyclable fabrics that imitate or resemble nature.

Claudio Aritzu 

Originating from Milan, with a background in graphic design, Aritzu came to London in the belief that it is the capital of new design. His collection is inspired by traditional Sardinian costume in which all natural fabrics have been handmade using techniques unique to the region. Aritzu graduates this June and will be showing his final collection at the LCF graduate shows.

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