We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Men’s Week reinforces the gender binary. But London’s new disrupter, Art School, doesn’t play by the rules. For their London Fashion Week debut, designers Tom Barratt and Eden Loweth, sent a range of velvet slip dresses and rave-inspired looks down the runway, rejecting any gendered barriers.
“We’re not just trying to jump on a queer bandwagon,” said Loweth. “This is how we live and see the world.”
As part of Fashion East’s showcase for emerging designers, Art School dominated the spotlight with their Swarovski-embellished designs on a cast of London’s underground faces. Inspired by the legendary Russian ballet and radical design school, the Bauhaus, the brand’s Fall ’17 collection was an unapologetic celebration of “the queer form.”
“We’re trying to say, ‘Live your fantasy,'” said Barratt. “Everyone has something in their mind that is carrying them through the mundane reality of life, because it’s a fucking shithole at the moment and we just need to celebrate what is good, what is art, what is fun.”
“When I’m cutting a garment, I don’t think about whether it’s for a boy or a girl,” added Loweth. “I just make things that I feel like I’d wear. No one really designs like that at the moment because everyone’s too focused on what the industry wants, whereas we don’t care what the industry wants.”
View the collection, above.