Theo Adams Company staged Charles Jeffrey's AW19 show at the historic Wapping Power Station as part of London Fashion Week Mens.
“Our Favourite Moments from the London Men’s Shows: Performance took centre stage, fashion and theatre merged in a show directed by Theo Adams. Models ran, skipped and jumped down the runway, splashed around in baths filled with paper and slung red feathers from above – creating a scene that paid homage to the nightclubs of the Weimar Republic and the ‘Lost Boys’ of Peter Pan. It was a vision of hedonism, yes, but there was a subtext too: “An opposition to a rumbling sense of global unfairness lies beneath this show,” the designer wrote in his show notes.” AnOther Magazine
“Outside in the freezing cold there was a man with slicked-back hair intently playing an out of tune piano, while crackling braziers lit the audience’s way into a dilapidated power station. That was the welcome to the cabaret the designer was about to lay on inside—a piece of theater with rackety, be-feathered, ball-gowned, and tartan-suited characters sprung from Berlin nightclubs in the ’20s, and Peter Pan.
There were crashed chandeliers, an Edwardian bathtub filled with torn-out book pages, a stack of old mattresses, a festooned dressing table like something out of Sally Bowles’s bedroom. A fully clothed couple of naifs jumped into the bath and started play-fighting with the pages. Someone in a red-orange crinolined, raw-edged dress swept by in a hat made from a twist of old beaded tapestry and a towering ostrich feather. A tattered flapper posed in a nude tulle embroidered dress, face masked by a wonky crystal waterfall. Childlike “Lost Boys” wandered past in tied-tight hoodies with teddy bear ears. Someone sported a tartan stuffed-toy fox as a stole.
It was a place where Jeffrey somehow made decadence and innocence happily coexist in a fizzily sincere atmosphere of showing off. “ American Vogue
TAC Team : Director - Theo Adams | Musical Director - Jordan Hunt | Choreography - Jordan Robson | & Starring - Nando Messias
Photography by Rowben Lantion