Charles Jeffrey was speaking to the bookworms aka us with his Spring Summer 2020 collection. Inside the British Library, Jeffrey opened the show himself (how else?) reading a piece by Welsh writer Dylan Thomas: “In the beginning, there was a secret brain,” he said and thus began proceedings. It was pulled back – if we can call his people face-painted by Lucy Bridge in tie dye electric reds and pretty pastels pulled back. But it was for Charles, who usually puts on a full-throttle spectacle with all the dramah. It was a response to the madness of the world we live in, he said backstage. Less drama, more detail. Charles has been going to the library to focus on textile development. Straight A student. And so this collection refocused on his technique, what the Loverboy does well. The usual tartan in brilliant turquoise and and technicolour knitwear flowed familiarly throughout and we loved the toned down black on black with ripples of pinks and blues. It felt refreshing and calm. Charles Jeffrey is in control, whether the rest of the world (especially the UK) is or is not.
by Roxy Lola