The loverboy that clowned us all.
Following in the performance based footsteps of design houses like Vivienne Westwood and Comme des Garçon – the dubbed 2017 Emerging Menswear Designer of the Year by the British Fashion Awards, Mr. Charles Jeffrey Loverboy – carries on a similar legacy: with the face painted glory-filled rage, through his overtly loud-n-vampy take on fashion.
The recent show was appropriately dark, but honest. Of course, each piece stood out on it’s own; harnessing the anger from his years past. As Jeffrey’s brings about conversation of personal pain – where his prior performance based shows boast a struggle – channeling his untamed nature, from being bullied as a Scottish born LGBTQ youngin. With each show that comes and goes, he reaches towards his community. And with their help, together, they converted this particular showcase into a masterpiece of conversation.
Jeffrey, may have put the smiles back on the faces of art enthusiasts for this season, but just as he can induce them, he can take them away. Not in bad way, that is. Because even smiles can turn into blissful excitement; to the point where those in the front row might not even know where to look next.
With the models shouting directly into the faces of attendees – intimidating them to the point of ambiguous discomfort – I too, could feel all of that unhealthy, pent-up, on-edge energy. The vibe pinpointed directly to the designers rough esthetic; attitudes of punk DIY graffiti, plaids and paint splatters.
But while everyone else was caught up in the fright of their life, from the convulsing models and their performance, I was focused on the feet. Yes, the feet!
Despite the appeal of the overly powdered mime faces and utterly destroyed smudged lines that outlined the essence of the face – the only place my mind kept traveling back to was a tiny car full of countless clowns; the ones of which, stagger out with big-ass feet. Indeed the shoe offering took clowning to entirely new level. But contrary to what you think I would say next: I simply loved every bit of it.
The three shoes from the Fall/Winter 2018 collection that caught my immediate and thus, mad-love affair, was: the symmetrical zip toed loafers, the men’s platform with a black and white wedge, and most importantly those knee-high, burnt-red squared toed, lace-ups. Just, damn.
This shows theme was fitting; referred to by the designer as “Tantrum”. But I think the only tantrum that will be happening here, is if I don’t get at least one of these pairs of shoes this season.
All images courtesy of INDIGITAL and Charles Jeffrey Loverboy
Tyler J. Drinnen, is the Founder and Editor in Chief of iTEM MAGAZINE,
a poet and freelance fashion writer, photographer and abstract visual content producer.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from Sonoma State University, where he wrote a weekly Opinion Column For
The Star, dabbled with his own radio podcast format, titled Saturday Nite Scandal, and helped to create one of the first of 25 Professional Student Lead PR Firms in the USA.
From there on, he continued his work by interning with Sonoma Discoveries Magazine and then shortly after wrote and interned for Fashion School Daily, where he solidified his love for feature writing and working with emerging talents from around the world.
In December of 2016, he received an Honorary Master of Arts in Fashion Journalism from the Academy of Art University. And what an achievement that was, to be the first in his program to have graduated a full semester early. Bringing him to four degrees in a short five and a half years, nothing will stop him from bringing art to the eyes of many.
He has worked in the fashion industry for nearly a decade, from commercial retail management to corporate level ghost writing. Now - he the poet - T.J.D. takes his life public with the independent launch of the urban California lifestyle based fashion-art movement, iTEM MAGAZINE: A Platform For Rising Artists.