Where Would Menswear Be Without Black British Designers?

Statues are falling, conversations are changing. We’re in the middle of a much anticipated cultural revolution and it’s becoming clear that our perception of the world is beyond faulty. Amid those changes, even the ostensibly progressive creative industries are finally recognising their roles in building a flawed system. The Grammys have finally renamed their ‘Urban Contemporary’ category in an attempt to stop the racial profiling of artists, and even Anna Wintour herself has apologised for the lack of support she has given to Black voices over her 32-year tenure at Vogue. In place of London Fashion Week Men’s, which was supposed to take place this past weekend, the British Fashion Council organised a three-day digital residency programme which saw designers being given a timeslot to showcase their creative output. Some hosted panel discussions, others streamed films, VR presentations and even live gigs. Keeping the conversation relevant to what’s happening in the real world, many responded to the Black Lives Matter movement, with the BFC’s own programming for #LFWReset focused on amplifying BAME voices. Read more at i-D.