The talent of 23-year-old Joseph Turvey speaks for itself. Usually you apply to Vauxhall Fashion Scout, London’s independent showcase for emerging creatives, an anticipated part of the London Fashion Week schedule—but he didn’t. “They just called me and said, ‘We need you to send over your lookbook now.’ It was a whirlwind,” says the young designer, who is fresh out of London’s College of Fashion.
Turvey’s debut collection is inspired by the idea of a “Libra Husband,” a phrase minted by “Little” Edie Beale in Grey Gardens. The “Libra Husband” is a man who balances tradition and risk, and Turvey struck a brilliant chord in crafting the contrasts. Shirts with illustrations of pensive male forms, banded neon sweaters, laser-cut floral blazers and a daring mix of fabrics and techniques all serve to capture the irreverence and classicism in new-meets-old men’s dressing. “I just went to town,” he says.
Turvey will open Shanghai Fashion Week this month, and he is showing at London’s first men’s week this coming June.