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Ones To Watch: Alan Taylor

Alan Taylor graduated with a BA in Fashion from The National College of Art and Design, in his hometown on Dublin, in 2010. Upon graduating he was approached by Simone Rocha, who he worked closely with for three seasons. In late 2011 Taylor started his own label. Over the past five years he has worked with several other designers including Alexander McQueen, Agi & Sam and David David, designing for shows in London, Iceland and Milan Fashion weeks.

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Taylor is currently living and designing in London. His Celtic roots and London base form a unique melting pot for his sharp tailoring. Collaborating with traditional Irish mills, he weaves tweed and silk compositions for a modern take on heritage fabrics.

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For AW13, Taylor presented a collection inspired by the theory of the 4th dimension along with the work of Francis Bacon and Ryan McGinley. It developed classic ideas while taking a fresh look at construction and fabrication. This came into Taylor’s designs through the meshing-together of individual garments. The evolution of precise outfit details into single garments became the focus of the collection: jackets seemed to grow naturally out of the back of other jackets, trousers layered with flattened shorts and jacket vents. To develop this idea even more, the juxtaposition of fabrics within the garments themselves – this season, mainly nets and tweeds – has furthered Taylor’s overall ethos. His aim is to push the interpretation of modern menswear.  Taylor’s primary focus in this collection was to reinstall the idea of the kilt. “Every season I have worked on a variation of a men’s kilt, I feel this development over each season has become my trademark piece,” said Taylor. “The kilt is also pushing the entirety of men’s silhouettes; kilts even three years ago would have seemed very feminine. I want to make an ‘Alan Taylor’ kilt a very masculine and understated garment to the extent that when the wearer puts it on, he is so comfortable with the idea of wearing it that he completely forgets he is wearing it at all.”

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Alan Taylor has recently taken part in the 4 Fashion Shake exhibition in Athens, Greece and will be one of Selfridges’ Bright Young Things, making his catwalk debut hotly anticipated. He makes up part of the designers selected by MAN, the joint initiative between Topman and Fashion East, for spring / summer 2014 – showing on June 16th as part of London Collections: Men.

Words: Joshwa Saint James

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