- Words Cal McIntyre
- Photography Chris Yates
Compelling designer Luis de Javier used Somerset House as their stomping ground with their triumphant FW20 show that centred around community, serving ass and queer power.
The Spanish designer, Luis de Javier, who started under the legendary Vivienne Westwood and Gareth Pugh, is now one of the most spellbinding and visionary bright young things to burst through the London fashion threshold.
Aptly titled ‘El Invitado’, and creative directed by Betsy Johnson, the FW20 show by de Javier is a psychedelic and ominous trip into the mind of an artist, where the journey of de Javier’s beginnings and where they are at presently run thicker than blood. Standing tall and bold in their queerness, the Luis de Javier show started off with a dramatic and mesmerising dance in the fire with two lovers being pulled together – scored by a Spanish-infused track by Malthus.
The runway transformed into a minefield with the corsets and pleather acting as the warrior’s shields against the outdated societal norms de Javier and his much-loved community is fighting against.
Paving the way to a brighter future is the hope that designers such as de Javier are presenting with nothing but pride and love for their identity, community and artistry.
Check out the highlights from the powerful show below and be prepared to see a lot more from this powerhouse as they gear up for world domination.