Mood board: In the short time since graduating from the MA at Central Saint Martins in 2015, Charles Jeffrey has created quite a whirlwind with his festive, carousing presentations. S/S 2018 marks the designer’s first standalone catwalk show, which was billed as an ode to the essence of LOVERBOY. In Jeffrey’s world, decades collide; the hedonism and hope of art school are smashed into the humdrum inertia of a hung parliament. Modern day urchins, tartan punks and cross-dressing deities paraded a series of compelling dressing options – from a tailored, floor-length leather coat in warm yellow to slim-fit tartan bondage trousers and deconstructed knits.
Scene setting: A dance performance choreographed by The Theo Adams Company sent a throng of pink, cardboard clad figures around the catwalk in what felt like an alternative nativity scripted by Quentin Crisp and Boy George. ‘There is so much energy and so much love and attention that comes with working with lots of people and I just felt like it needed a bunch of crazy dancers,’ said Jeffrey.
Sound bite: ‘It is all about a high and positive energy level every time. Keeping the friendship and the love in the studio space.’