While the conversation in fashion increasingly revolves around “the new normal” and “normcore”, there’s always J.W. Anderson offering a different perspective, beating against the bastions with a thousand quirky ideas for where fashion should go. Spring/Summer 2015 demonstrates his best effort yet at advancing new ideas, with innovative techniques that transformed his clothing into nautically inspired works of art.
First there were his button-up dresses interrupted at the midsection with panels of tailored leather and off-kilter looks that layered knotted-front camisoles over sweaters and crew-neck tees. The prevalence of leather signaled Anderson’s recent move to Loewe, where he will debut his first collection in Paris this month. He proved equal to the task of running a leather-goods luxury brand by showing corvette-red leather dresses with strange geometry, bunchy leather gloves, and sensational knit dresses with knotted leather across the bodice. Leather floppy hats with drooping brims were the star of the collection and are destined to become next season’s favorite accessory. Elsewhere, there were trim terrycloth separates, ribbed mini dresses, and backward sailor trousers that caused quite a stir amid the front row. Several looks came decorated with unusual rope and leather engineering, while others were comprised of minimalist lines and artistic touches of geometry. Stylish, different, and, at times, sartorially challenging, J.W. Anderson’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection gave us something to talk about at London Fashion Week, and the buzz is sure to carry over to improved sales for the brand.
Photos: Courtesy of Imaxtree