Since launching their brand in 2016 Tom Barratt and Eden Loweth, the duo behind the label Art School, vowed to create new queer clothing suited for the icons. The working partners have summoned a close circle of friends, from all cultures, ages and ethnicities to create a playground celebration of gender identities.
The collection incorporated only black, white and desert sand colour palettes, but the show was less than monotone. From the top, all models were styled with matching coloured head accessories of either white or black caps, Egyptian inspired headdresses or given slicked wet finger waves. Layering is the fundamental core of all the outfits and textual mixture has also come into play. The beige coloured segment of clothing debuted the cinched introduction of power suits of either high waisted trousers or pleated skirts. Whereas, the section of black-toned clothes screamed experimental and political, from the sparkly mesh skirts paired with off the shoulder satin and golden belts to the mix of leather and feather dresses.
In an interview, Tom and Eden affirmed that “Art School is about creating inclusivity”. The choice to focus on queer culture for comprehensive is engrained in their company ethos and this dynamic duo is both the future and a force to be reckoned with.