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Charles Jeffrey Loverboy

Fall 2018 Menswear

London

Charles Jeffrey Loverboy

Fall 2018 Menswear

London

BY William Buckley

January 7, 2018

Charles Jeffrey Loverboy’s Fall 2018 show felt like another dimension, or a Hieronymus Bosch triptych like “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” with demonic priestesses and Macbethian witches. There was a girl with expansive black wings like some Azraelian angel, a man painted in blue and gold head to toe like the god of some ancient pagan religion, and wigs–oh grrl, were there wigs. As the band of fantastical impish characters howled and screamed down the runway, Charles Jeffrey stood watching his fusion of fashion and performance art unfold at the BFC show space. He cried. It was the most emotional thing I’ve ever experienced at any show ever. He was overcome, and who could blame him? His rise from Central Saint Martins student to most exciting show on the London fashion week calendar has been meteoric.

“I was inspired a lot by Alan Downs’ The Velvet Rage, which is about the pains of growing up gay in a heteronormative world, and the sort of aggressive flamboyance that gay men have had to use like a shield.” The graphics this season were particularly strong. “A lot of that was inspired by the Scottish Picts.” (I googled that—”an ancient Iron Age tribal confederation of people who occupied what is now Scotland.” #themoreyouknow) “All of the symbols and signs that we incorporated were used as kind of apotropaic iconography, and that’s my heritage. At times like this you have to be careful what you dip into and what you use for inspiration, but I know that those are part of my culture, my symbols and my signs that I can utilize, so I exploded them.” 

Lou Dalton

Fall 2018 Menswear

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