Jonathan Anderson is known for an unrestrained, and often unexpected, use of colour – whether shaggy shearlings in electric shades of blue and green (their colour achieved using boxes of hair-dye) or a broad array of saturated prints, from bright red strawberries to yellow-haired rugby players. His latest collaboration with Moncler – under eponymous label JW Anderson – arrives this week, providing perhaps his most vivid exploration of colour yet.
JW Anderson unites with Moncler Genius on kaleidoscopic collection
The capsule – aptly titled ‘Dream in Colour’ – marks the designer’s third collaboration with Moncler Genius, this season looking towards the brightly coloured outfits worn by rock climbers (the designer has his own memories of the pursuit, on school trips to the south of France). Made to ‘entertain the eye’ as the notes describe, it is defined by its bold palette – electric blue, coral, green, yellow – rendered here in fabrications which soften the intensity of the hues, from washed and overdyed denim and cotton to fuzzy brushed yarns, bouclé knits and superlight nylons.
Like much of Anderson’s work at his own label, quotidian garments are gently subverted in size and shape – whether puffed-up padded shorts and skirts, leather-strapped parka jackets, or giant hoodies and teddy fleeces (silhouettes are ‘played-down buy playful’, say Moncler). Prints compound the collection’s dreamy, almost childlike vision, with hazy sprayed spots, ‘coiling’ waves and a glowing iteration of the Moncler + JW Anderson logo adorning the capsule’s various pieces. A series of ‘supersized’ accessories complete the look.
The collection is captured in a series of images by American photographer Tyler Mitchell, a longtime collaborator of Anderson. Trippy cut-outs of antiquity statues – an eye, a torso, a Romanesque head, themselves in day-glo shades – backdrop the collection, photographed at Italy’s La Foce estate. ‘Direct, yet twisted, familiar and obscure, straightforward and surprising,’ says Moncler.
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Jack Moss is the Fashion Features Editor at Wallpaper*. Having previously held roles at 10, 10 Men and AnOther magazines, he joined the team in 2022. His work has a particular focus on the moments where fashion and style intersect with other creative disciplines – among them art and design – as well as championing a new generation of international talent and profiling the industry’s leading figures and brands.
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