• ‘RuPaul Drag Race UK’ A’Whora, Bimini Bon-Boulash Walk for Art School – WWD

    PULLING LOOKS: “RuPaul Drag Race UK”’s front running contestants A’Whora and Bimini Bon-Boulash made a cameo during this London Fashion Week.

    The two fabulous queens walked for London’s emerging fashion brand Art School, designed by Eden Loweth, wearing an oversize leather blazer and a slashed coat, respectively. A video of the show was released as a part of LFW’s official calendar on Saturday.

    Being in the same creative community in London, Loweth said he has been friends with Bimini for years. In fact, he was in the brand’s spring 2021 show, out of drag. The designer later met A’Whora through social media.

    Bimini Bon-Boulash walked in Art School's RTW Spring 2021 show

    Bimini Bon-Boulash walked in Art School’s spring 2021 show. 
    Courtesy of Art School

    “[The models] are amateur performers. They’ve kind of been picked up out of nowhere. So I really thought it was nice to also kind of dissect the relationship between drag and gender and Art School and show them in a way…it’s kind of elevated in different ways [to] what they already do,” Loweth told WWD.

    Trans model Finn Buchanan walks for London fashion label Art School.

    Model Finn Buchanan walks for London fashion label Art School. 
    Chris Yates/ Courtesy

    Also on the runway is the model Finn Buchanan. He revealed the scar on his chest from gender reassignment surgery on the runway for the first time, while only wearing a black slashed skirt.

  • Bristol’s gig legend Big Jeff has launched his own art exhibition

    Legendary Bristolian gig-goer Big Jeff has launched his first ever art exhibition.

    Jeff Johns is widely known as Bristol’s most frequent gig-goer, having attended live shows every night of the week at venues across the city before the UK lockdown was implemented back in March 2020.

    He’s also known as one of the city’s most respected arbiters of musical taste – with his attendance at a gig widely considered to be a ringing endorsement of its quality.

    He’s now set to debut a new exhibition called Welcome To My World which is set to indulge his love of visual art. It will feature 34 paintings that are set to be released in three stages.

    “Art for me has been about expressing emotions I can’t explain another way. These paintings highlight my issues with barriers and hidden anxiety and mental health,” said Big Jeff.

    “How people see me is one thing – but internally I sometimes feel completely different. I use art as a way of expressing things that aren’t always easy to discuss.”

    The show, which debuted yesterday (February 3), includes paintings of some of the artists who have proved to be an inspiration, including folk singer Gaelynn Lea Tressler and the Bristol trumpeter Pete Judge.

    Within hours, Johns had found an early buyer in BBC 6Music DJ Mary Anne Hobbs, who purchased ‘BUILD’ – Jeff’s optimistic look at a positive future.

    Later this year the paintings will also be showcased as part of the Super Cool Drawing Machine exhibition, which is set to run from May 20-20 at Bristol Beacon.

    Exhibition curator Lee Dodds said: “We have been working with Jeff for a couple of years now, after discovering his brilliant talent after he posted a photo of Raggs on Facebook. His paintings are uplifting and will definitely be popular with music fans and art collectors in Bristol and beyond.”

    Last year, Big Jeff spoke to NME about the threats faced by independent music venues during the coronavirus pandemic – describing their potential closure as “terrifying”.