Exclusive: Art Kids Take the Fashion Awards

Exclusive: Art Kids Take the Fashion Awards

Two queer-focused creators saw the ceremony from an art-school perspective.

Two queer-focused creators saw the ceremony from an art-school perspective.

Text: SAMUEL ANDERSON

Last night’s Fashion Awards, presented by Swarovski, had all the optics of a high-fashion high school reunion, from the popular girl’s baby bump reveal to the jubilant mixing of cliques. With categories ranging from “Brand of the Year” to “British Emerging Talent,” it was Varsity Blues meets Revenge of the Art Nerds inside London’s Royal Albert Hall, and no one repped the latter cafeteria table quite like British Emerging Talent Menswear nominees Tom Barratt and Eden Loweth of upstart U.K. label Art School.

In these exclusive photos, V see the ceremony through the eyes of Barrat and Loweth, whose London-based brand aims to celebrate non-binary identities. Barrat, who previously worked under Grace Wales Bonner, and Loweth, a Central Saint Martins graduate, were seated with fellow member of the fashion vanguard Marine Serre—giving rise to the evening’s most unlikely micro-trend. Despite their art school pedigrees (Serre, who was up for the “Urban Luxe” category, attended La Cambre), both Serre and Loweth rocked sporty, spherical bags—Serre her own “dream ball” bag inspired by rhythmic gymnastics and Loweth a soccer ball by Paolina Russo. Later on, the Art School kids kicked it with real-live athletes, snapping pics of British track-and-field stars of Dina Asher Smith and Katarina Johnson-Thompson.  

Founded in 1982, the British Fashion Council’s annual jubilee celebrates the lately imperiled British fashion ecosystem. But despite the looming shadow of Brexit, Brit fashion has never seemed stronger or more inclusive judging by last night's turnout, which included everyone from Kendall Jenner to Drag Race winner Aquaria, who wore custom Matty Bovan. Top honors went to Kim Jones, winner of the “2018 Trailblazer” award, Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino for Designer of the Year, and Model of the Year Kaia Gerber. And whether you were a jock or an art nerd, the photos from the evening are sure to inspire FOMO.

Tom Barratt, left, Marine Serre, right (photo: courtesy of Art School)

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