JW Anderson A/W 2016
JW Anderson’s shape shifting, cocktail collection experimented with volume, texture and silhouette
Mood board: Jonathan Anderson invested heavily in the individuality movement that’s currently sweeping fashion, with a shape shifting, cocktail collection. It wildly experimented with volume, texture and silhouette, from his circular zippered tunic and flare pant combos to A-line tuxedo shirt dresses, finished with stiff peplums of multi-coloured, striped leather bands.
Scene setting: The Londoner’s presentations are known for generous front row seating allocations (i.e. there is only a front row) with benches intimately lined-up in close proximity, but this season Anderson divided the aisles (and view) with white wood paneling, creating narrow residential corridors containing his models and audience within his pure interior vision – he is as passionate about furnishings as fashion after all. ‘The excitement of today is the freedom of the individual to make his own choice and the vast range of possibilities from which he may choose,’ proclaimed a hand scrawled note quoting British interior designer David Hicks. Putting theory into practice, there was certainly something for everyone from Anderson’s ruched Capri pants to his padded judo jackets, and each with plenty of personality sewn in.
Finishing touches: In spite of Anderson’s fast accessory success at Loewe, his own line hasn’t been widely known for accoutrements… until now. This season’s shoulder bags may have been the glitziest we’ve seen from Anderson to date, but his tie-up, kitten heeled, gem scattered patent booties, silver roller heeled croc points and hyper hued court jester ankle boots, are set to put him on the accessory map in an enviably bankable fashion.
Photography: Jason Lloyd-Evans