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Art School SS21

A much-needed, change-making session of THERAPY.

Just like a long therapy visit, we step away from Art School’s Spring/Summer 2021 show feeling more serene, more hopeful for the future. Eden Loweth and Tom Barratt’s visual poetry unravels in surges of dark blue, green, black and beige. The tattered skin-skimming silks, perhaps the vulnerability we feel. The powerfully tailored leather jackets, possibly the protection we seek. Roomy cuts alternate with restricting silhouettes, emphasizing the importance of movement and space, something heightened in these strange times. Richard Porter’s toy-inspired jewelry, a hint to our memories and imagination.

While the collection is soul-stirring in itself, the most inspiring aspect of the show was not what the designers imagined we’d wear in the near-future, but rather who the designers chose who would wear it. Humans of all shapes, sizes, genders and abilities walked down the runway set in Waterlow Park’s Kitchen Garden, marking a turning point in the brand’s evolution as a mechanism for all identities to flourish. As much a provocation to the fashion world, as an evocation of emotion. It’s powerful. So, while the aesthetics may be dark and haunting, the feeling is one of optimism as we move towards a more inclusive future.

Designer & Creative Director: @eden_loweth
Show Production: @studioboum
Hair: @shonju @thewallgroup
Make Up: @beasweetbeauty@jaqmanagement @monroe.skincare
Sculpture: @rrrrporter
Eyewear: @tdkent_eyewear
Footwear: @drmartensofficial
Studio Manager: @elly_beckford
Head of Atelier: @rowtheboatbitch
PR: @thelobbylondon
Images: @itschrisyates
Film: @maddsinceeightyone