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Charlie Porter

Former Menswear Critic, Financial Times

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A regular fixture at fashion weeks, Charlie Porter has become a leading voice in fashion, documenting the industry in his former title as menswear critic for the Financial Times.

While pursuing a philosophy BA at King's College London, Porter spent his placement period at Vogue, where he had the opportunity to attend shows by the likes of Alexander McQueen . Unable to pursue an MA due to financial reasons, Porter began his journalistic career for the Daily Express in the mid-1990s.

In 2000, Porter was appointed the deputy fashion editor at the Guardian. Later serving tenures at GQ and Fantastic Man, Porter became a freelancer in 2012. In 2014, he was appointed menswear critic at the Financial Times, where he worked until October 2018.

Today, Porter holds a position on a selection of panels for both Newgen Men and Fashion East. Recently, he has also appeared in panels and conversation with designers Nasir Mazhar and James Long and is recurrently a guest on ShowStudio evaluating fashion shows.



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