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Nautical sensibilities are key in this mariner look we spotted during London collections: men, teaming a shrunken nautical crew neck knit over a white t-shirt, 70’s baggy trousers, eastern print shopper and finished off with J.W. Anderson brogue creeper hybrids.
Bucking the recent trend for black & white, we spotted this stylish chap teaming a masc-femme pink casual suit by J.W. Anderson with a yellow-pop tactile clutch, silver studded dandy slippers and palette cleansing white shirt on the streets during London Collections men.
Romany hedonist fuses subtle romany heritage and hedonistic attitude to create an unique streetwise take on the heritage gypsy look. Teaming a roller-neck appliqué placement scarf, teddy bear fur coat, acid-wash super tight jeans, a tan leather embossed artistic print bag and skyscraper tall hybrid platform loafers by J.W. Anderson to complete the look.
With the second round of London Collections: Men fast approaching we thought it was highly appropriate time to look back at some of the highlights from the first season of the london menswear collections. First up is J.W. Anderson whose menswear collections have always been a constant breath of fresh air amongst during the LFW schedule, constantly re-acessing and innovating menswear.
This season it felt like Anderson’s womenswear and menswear collections had collided and been transported into an ambiguous state, with it’s ultra feminine menswear collection. With traditional womenswear influences flowing throughout spring/summer 2013’s menswear collection from the charlady headscarf over wig styling on each model, curved angular shapes to the fabric choices of sheers and jacquard organza.
Highlights included a statement yellow summer roller neck and short combo, pink asymmetrical blazer with statement diagonal front panelling to the playful boyhood teddy bear print layered t-shirt hybrids. Whilst other highlights included the fun 70’s inspired lace twin-sets and Pyjama baggy fitting pinstripe suits.
For Spring/Summer 2012 J.W. Anderson collaborated with cult Japanese bag specialist Porter, producing a capsule collection of five distinctive rucksacks. These cumbersome statement pieces from Anderson’s sporty spring collection come in parachute-esque technical fabric military green to a woven straw-eque fused with soft grain premium leather.
This was absolute highlight from Anderson’s catwalk show, combing his unique eclectic and artisanal design with Porter’s quality of construction and functionality. Each bag comes with exquisite attention to detail from ventilation and thick padding on the bags side, padded adjustable straps, clipped waist belt providing ultimate comfort and finished off with J.W. Anderson leather tags and a Porter brand patch on the rear.
In short we love these bags!
If there’s one designer whose collections echo the spirit of youth culture it’s J.W. Anderson. After season’s of carefully watching J.W. Anderson’s career unfold this season was definitely the moment where his showmanship has been knocked up a few notches. For A/W 2012 Anderson looks to the 70’s for inspiration, re-interrupting the golden age of youth culture with a spectrum of bright turtlenecks, cropped flares to graphic and textural knits.
Bold chunky knitwear referenced mariner aesthetics in a series of textured oversize roped grids and optic grill’s, while Statement Fluro tangerine brushed mohair and primary colour turtle necks with pineapple broaches added a dash of colour. Retro prints add a fun twist from Farm yard cockerel motif’s on white sweater’s to the optic illusion 70’s psychedelic swirl two pieces in red and blue.
Shaking the roots of menswear design is always something Anderson has aimed for in his collections, and it rings true throughout this season from unconventional use’s of material, aesthetics to reworked masculine silhouettes. The most dramatic being a series of star war uniform-esque quilted leather all in ones layered with hats, skirts, aprons and laptop cases to rubber shiny look minimalist robed overcoat. The diamond quilted skirts worn over rubber look trousers showcases Anderson’s ability to blur the boundaries between genders, a confident and innovative stance on the future of menswear design.
Whilst at the London Fashion Week Exhibition we took a few photographs of the knitwear on display, we picked out our highlights which included this rainbow block stripe jumper, grid shirt and the luxurious peach brush throw knit with pineapple broach.
Here is a preview of J.W. Anderson’s A/W 12 collection ahead of next month’s London Fashion Week. We love the pre-show look book and editorial sneak-peeks, similar to last season’s Miu Miu retro-zombie inspired catwalk show, following their lead with a retro-horror vibe. Think The Shining, with the models 70’s bowl hair-cut, with white vacant eyes set upon a vivid blood red background.
The clothes follow the pseudo-horror The Shining theme with some of the highlights including thick ribbed tank tops, giant grid white knits, off white padded 70’s theme helmets, zip-up leather diamond cut flared trousers, cockerel motif jumper and finally a rubber look russet tracksuit. We definitely can’t wait to see the full show now bring on the horror vibe…