Another year, and another cast of New Debutantes assemble – this time for two days of circus-themed high jinks, hysterical laughter, acrobatics and, naturally, a human cannon.
Some of the 23 cultural disrupters knew each other already, either through their online personas or as friends in real life, while others were meeting for the first time. Among them were artists, activists, models, musicians and muses. There was Jordan Vickors, whose multihyphenate career has just seen him setting the City of Light ablaze with his DJ skills at Paris Men’s Fashion Week, and fashion student Nicolò Pablo Venerdì, who might just be the chicest person in London. Elsewhere, designer Mimi Wade showed off her peroxide locks, and model Iris Luz ran amok with mountains of tulle, while photographer Oli Kearon was fired out of the aforementioned cannon. Add to this, club kid Josh Quinton; designer Matty Bovan, accompanied by his fabulous muses Lucas Nettleton-Tate and Gigi Hari; and fashion’s freshest new face Lily Jean Harvey, and you have yourself a party. Different in background, experience and outlook, what unites this group is a renegade spirit and a refusal to be classified by staid stereotypes of generations past. Instead, they’re defined on their own terms, by what they do, what they create and what they say.