RUNWAY: Tim Coppens SS15Tim Coppens was one of the finalists of the first ever LVMH Young Fashion Designers Prize. Though he did not win, his stellar Spring/Summer 2015 is a testament to why his name was on the shortlist of the thousands who submitted themselves for the prize. Coppens, known for his athletic designs, showcased an underwear theme that resulted in wet hair and a series of sport-cum-tailoring that walked the delicate balance of utility, form and function with capital-F-Fashion. The opening look's mixed media, color blocked anorak and tailored shorts set the tone and the collection hit the crescendo at the designer's interpretation of camouflage, which looked like typical camouflage but also seaweed and coral reefs at times.
Coppens joins a growing number of men's labels who started out doing only men's clothes and branching into womenswear, a new trend that seems to be working out for some, see Public School's skyrocketing success. Also in this group is a designer you may have heard of from Belgium who currently holds the highest rank in the LVMH pecking order as the couturier at Dior. This might be a small group of designers but one with plenty of cache and talent.