If I was being totally accurate the title of this post would read “J.W. Anderson AW13 show and a bit of mincing” because that was basically all I did on day 3 of London Collections Men. Admittedly I probably could have spent the rest of my day doing something more productive than dragging my boyfriend around the shops but we were shopping for him (in theory anyway) so technically it was menswear related.
I wore… Coat: A.P.C, Skirt: American Apparel, Shirt: Whistles, Jumper & Boots: Massimo Dutti, Bag: Mulberry, Hat: Topshop.
Fashion shows last under 10 minues so if you’re going to get all dressed up for just the one it had better be a biggie. Given that the lone show on my day 3 schedule was J.W. Anderson, fash pack obsession and Christopher Kane’s replacement at Versace, I wasn’t even the tiniest bit tempted to skip it. As expected at such a hot ticket show, the FROW was strictly A List with everyone from David Gandy and Tallulah Harlech to Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massinet in attendance. The press release promised “an examination of bourgeois kinkyness and boudoir perversity” which left me both slightly confused and extremely excited about what the Irish designer had in store for the boys next season. J.W. Anderson’s skillful boy/girl interplay has always been one of his work’s most enticing qualitites but this time around he took it to new levels, challenging concepts about anatomy and gender opening with an array of extremely short, frill-hemmed short-suits and closing with a crotch skimming grey leather tunic. Now I know that description makes his designs sound like something camp and frilly but I assure you, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Anderson’s sculptural, seamless wool creations were a masterclass in fabric manipulation and, in my opinion, a show of serious sartorial bravery. His neat knits sell like hot cakes but rather than resting on his laurels, Jonathan Anderson continues to push the boundaries. Pintstriped trousers came adorned with external, draping pockets while slicked back hair, razor sharp cuts and minimal embellishment resulted in a collection that felt simultaneously stark and playful. Of course Anderson’s no fool so alongside the shockers came cute motif knits and contrast coloured overcoats but I have to say, there were rather less commerce-friendly looks than you’d expect in a Ready-to-Wear collection.
J.W. Anderson AW13
Unusual though many of them they may be, J.W Anderson’s latest offerings are exquisitely crafted and utterly original. Admittedly it would take a very brave boy to rock the strapless number and I can’t wait to see who dares to wear it in September!
Love Ella. X