J.W. Anderson is one of the busiest men in fashion. Not only does he produce two collections yearly for his eponymous brand’s menswear and womenswear, but he is also the creative director of Loewe, and recently found time to collaborate with Uniqlo, bringing his unique edgy-yet-pretty aesthetic to the masses. Today, he showed his spring/summer 2018 womenswear collection at London Fashion Week, with press and influencers cooing over his vision for what we should be wearing next season.
Despite making his name with ‘ugly’ genderless clothing, this was a pretty, girly collection, showing just how far his brand has evolved in the nine years since he made his debut. There were flashes of it, sure – perhaps in the deconstructed corsets, slashed skirts and flat walking boots – but this was overwhelmingly an aesthetically pleasing offering.
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There were co-ords featuring midi-length skirts and matching off-the-shoulder crop tops, laced together with a belt sitting on the midriff; ankle-grazing knit dresses with metallic details; and a standout look was the champagne knitted dress layered over a crisp white collarless shirt. If dresses and skirts aren’t your thing, there was a great pair of simple white palazzo pants emblazoned with ‘J.W. Anderson’, and worn with a low-cut tunic in cream. There were also leather culottes, as well as a series of diaphanous monotone jumpsuits in pastel shades and khaki. The kick-pleat was a recurring motif, showing up on cuffs and hems, often in a shiny leather trim. Stripes were the predominant print, while tribal details like thin leather belts and the summer booties lent it a slight hippy feel in places.
There was a distinct mix-and-match feel to the collection – something that was emphasised by the many options available, whether you wanted something in a different colour way, fabric or sleeve length, as well as the prevalence of layering, which was the major styling detail. Basically, it’s our dream capsule wardrobe for summer. Can we have it all please?