Tim Coppens 2017 CFDA Menswear Nominee


BY KENNETH RICHARD

Subversive, intense, charming, witty and wry, Tim Coppens and his post punk aesthetic have been winning over The Impression along with others in the industry earning him a 2017 CFDA Menswear Nomination. Fellow nominees include Raf Simons for Calvin Klein, Robert Keller, Thom Browne, and Todd Snyder.

The native Belgium who graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp has had an amazing year being tapped as Create Director of Under Armour’s UAS line as well as selected to show at Pitti Uomo in January. That show was inspired by a young love story the designer invented about a couple named Max and Tequila, who along with a characters including a white horse named Lady Lips and a nameless white dove, track across Europe. The inspiration lead to a new slogan ‘Never Ending Fun’ which was printed on sweatshirts over an image of an exploding H-bomb and on the underside of popped collars.

The renegade love story of a collection was part political, part tonue-in-cheek, and laser focused at the right moment, which is not unlike the designer himself who is concise in his chose of words. We asked the designer (along with fellow nominees) how he heard of his nomination.

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How did you hear of your nomination?
 I missed Steven’s call so got the email!
 
What was your reaction?
 I was surprised and very happy of course.
 
What would your family give you an award for?
 M​aking waffles.
 
What do you do the with your first moment of free time after a show?
 Get out of the city.
 
What was your favorite standout moment of 2016?
2016 was never ending fun…
 
Born | Belgium
Education | Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp
Background | Designer at Bogner in Munich, Adidas, & Ralph Lauren
Year Started | 2011
Retailers | Barneys New York, Dover Street Market, Isetan, Harvey Nichols UK, Mr. Porter and Lane Crawford.
Previous Awards | 2012 Ecco Domani Award for “Best New Menswear Designer, 2013 Fashion Group International Rising Star of the Year, Top 10 finalist for the LVMH Prize, 2014 CFDA Swarovski Award for Menswear

Tim Coppens Photographed by Danny Clinch for The Impression
Runway Photos | Imaxtree
Backstage Photos | Shawn Brackbill for The Impression