Futuristic Fifties for J.W. Anderson at London Fashion Week AW12
It was a sunny Sunday afternoon at London Fashion Week as our heads turn towards J.W. Andersons 'Chamber of Isolation' show, held at the beautiful old Central St Martins building.
The collection had notable masculine tones combined with his innovative use of materials and signature styling -it was to clear that Anderson's AW12 collection was going to be unique from the start. Opening with white, shining vinyl coats featuring quilted effects and asymmetrical cuts, the experimental designs didn't end there. The shows 'oppressed housewife' look came with padded helmets (and matching padded clutch bag) with brightly coloured knits worn over knee length plaid skirts, detailing a single split in the front. More plaid followed, with futuristic flared dress coats and Swarovski fabric skirts and there was colour too, in tinsel threaded checks.
The conceptual garments continued with glossy patent fabrics, soft leathers and wet look elements, including matching plum, tan and black wipe clean outfits! However, the air of 50's inspiration was never lost. The show may have had a few creative pieces that only Lady Gaga and her fans would dare to attempt, but the wearable pieces transcended them, with must-have mohair knits and flatforms going straight in at the top of the list. Anderson also showcased fishermen style cream waffle knits and checkered mohair jumpers in red and green, alongside beaded houndstooth and soft leather skirts.
Celebrities at the show included Alexa Chung, who took her place on the front row. Clearly a fan of the brand, she was also spotted wearing a pair of J.W. Anderson paisley trousers at Henry Holland on Saturday.