What do you get when you cross all-round creative talent with Glaswegian blood and a knack for all things show-stopping? LOVERBOY, of course, the hottest monthly club night at Vogue Fabrics, hosted by the one-and-only Charles Jeffery. Speaking with PETRIe Creative Director, Campbell Addy, Jeffery reveals his plans for vamping up the fun and introducing Andy Warhol to the nightclub scene.
Campbell Addy: So Charles, tell us about your night at Vogue Fabrics?
Charles Jeffery: LOVERBOY is a monthly club night that I hold at Vogue Fabrics and it is coming up to five months old. It has been an excuse to put energy into something other than fashion design. When I first moved to London the nightlife was amazing; like Ponystep, there was this whole fashion scene - but no one dresses up anymore, and I wanted to bring that back. My aim was to create an environment where people could express themselves. It’s a night out for fun and friends are happy to collaborate and help with it. I can see it as being part of a movement: the visuals of going out.
CA: What direction do you see LOVERBOY moving in?
CJ: Next I’m doing a film. I want to push people to go wild and become showstoppers. I’ve been talking with photographer and friend Dexter Lander to do a series of portraits of people who are doing something in London. I want the night to be associated with them. I want to bring the magazine to the party. This will include polaroid photographs of the guests, giving them instant fame.
Similar to the Warhol portraits, I want to interview them and use an odd pull quote as the header. So it will be like LOVERBOY and then 'my favourite fruit is apple' or something. I have been inspired by so many elements of Andy Warhol’s work, especially with the promotional images for LOVERBOY. The first night was inspired by Andy Warhol; the second, [Richard] Avedon’s Versace campaigns, and the most recent images were inspired by Ryan McGinley’s work.
But for the next one we are going to start with a film and interviewing people.
I will be stopping LOVERBOY for two months to do my Masters in Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins, but it will have a big juicy comeback!
Words and Photography: Campbell Addy