J.W. Anderson bares all for Spring / Summer 2014 at LFW
A designer that's very much in the spotlight of late, perhaps due to his recent high profile collaboration with Topshop, it's safe to say J.W. Anderson's Spring / Summer 2013 collection has been one of the more hotly anticipated shows on schedule.
Beginning life as a menswear designer, we're used to seeing Anderson's usual brand of, as he puts it himself, "Things that can be borrowed from a man to a woman and from a woman to a man", and this season I was glad to see such theme was still prevalent. In saying this, newness came through in the collection with a heavier focus on femininity and softness than we've seen from the designer before. The show kicked off with a series of head to toe sheer organza floor length skirts gathered horizontally with elastic strips finishing with peasant blouse shapes on top, playing with volume, proportion and texture all at the same time.
Adding another element of texture, pleated-section leather look midi skirts were teamed with fully sheer fine organza crop tops with a doubled up layer of square fabric almost hiding models' modesty. More modern and conceptual designs followed showcasing skills in origami style shaping with sculptured structures taking form on a monochrome colour palette. Backstage Anderson said, "I wanted to juxtapose opposing fabrics; mix pleather with leather, cotton with nylon, and silk with polyester. I also wanted to challenge myself and explore new fabrics - like jersey".
The collection ended on a high with a series of halter-neck triangle shaped draped dresses with barely visibly straps. On his collection baring lots of flesh, Anderson explained after the show, "It was actually boiling in my studio which really made me find an appreciation for bare flesh and lightness." Another triumph for Anderson continuing his usual brand of minimalist conceptual fashion, but this time with a feminine edge. Check out the show for yourself in the video below.