Until two weeks ago, the intention for tonight’s virtual happening was to stage a party - in the hedonistic spirit of the LOVERBOY club nights of old; a kind of LOVERBOY 2.0, with 2020 vision. As the vital anti-racism movement erupted around the world, and essential conversations were had by fashion brands everywhere about the role we play in this - naturally, the planned celebration was no longer right. After days of mindful discussion, the decision was taken by Charles not to cancel the live-stream - but to reconfigure it entirely, as an opportunity to book, spotlight, and raise the voices of POC talent. An exercise in passing the mic, the new proposal has seen Jeffrey set an open brief to vital creatives - to do with this time whatever they will. The result is SOLASTA, a talent showcase and fundraiser, live-streamed from Dalston’s VFD (where the LOVERBOY club night, and subsequently the label, was born).
SOLASTA showcases creative expressions from London-based, multi-disciplinary Black creatives: a singer/songwriter, poet and activist, commentator and presenter, and fashion designers (and former students of Charles’ via lecturing at The University of Westminster). Across the line-up these individuals generously lend their talents not only to LOVERBOY but to the London Fashion Week platform.
Audience members are presented with a simple request: that if they learn something, feel something, or take something from this evening - that they donate whatever they are able to LOVERBOY’s fundraising effort for UK Black Pride.
- Maria del Carmen Simon Lazaro
- Henry Dangerfield
- Anya Hindmarch
- Holly Sutherland
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