“I hate to talk about it [Brexit] as it really frustrates me,” relays Clayton, her thoughts echoing us all. “At the same time, I feel everyone is so against it, that it’s actually going to bring us together. Look at us, here in Rome! The Italians are so supportive of me and we have to fight against it and maybe because we’re all going to work together as a unit it won’t affect anything, we’ll come together and be a solid tribe.” Here’s hoping. Clayton is nothing if not passionate. At 27, she speaks with an assured confidence and feist to match the red of her painted lips and correlating earrings.
The clothes she designs, meanwhile, seek a salvation among the aggravations of life. “My whole design process is very holistic: my keywords are headspace, time, energy – especially living in London when it’s hard to live in your headspace,” she explains. “There’s so much going on – rent, work, friends, there’s always something on your brain.” And, so she translates this idea through a sculptural aesthetic that sees sleeves a solid structured feature, layers, too, a way to balance this sense of emotion and mood, because: “They’re constantly up and down, I’m trying to depict a strength”, she says.