London counterculture icon Princess Julia opened the show, eyes wide and arms outstretched, traversing the space to the sound of classical music.
As the other models followed shortly afterwards – always a cast compiled of ART SCHOOL designers Eden Loweth and Tom Barratt’s closest friends – it became apparent that each person had their own signature movements. While one fell to the ground and began to crawl, another would seductively caress their own body. Working in collaboration with choreographer Holly Blakey, the way that each participant manoeuvred gave extra vivacity to the pair’s last show with MAN.
Entitled High Concept Character, as is to be anticipated, the designers continued to dismantle the traditional boundaries set by gendered fashion. Make-up smeared across their faces, models including the likes of Munroe Bergdorf and Jospephine Jones stepped out covered in glitter wearing disco wigs, 80s-style oversized blazers and tie-shoulder sequin dresses. To close, the throng energetically made its way down the runway – some tripping as they went – to Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love. The entire display felt like the aftermath of some wondrous party.
In fact, ART SCHOOL’s SS19 offering was a wholly collaborative affair. This final hurrah was ultimately a testament to the label’s collective design process, as the show notes read: “NOW YOU KNOW, we didn’t get here on our own.”