JW Anderson Resort 2013
There’s really something about Jonathan William Anderson. For a young man to come from such a humble beginning to become one of fashion’s favorite darlings within just a few seasons… It may not be unheard of, but this is one young man to keep an eye (and a bank account) on at all times.
It is no secret that as an editor, I have my favorites. We all do. But JW Anderson is one brand that, since his breakout on the London fashion scene a few seasons ago, has always been at the top of my list. And his Resort collection confirms why. His boyish and androgynous aesthetic returns, but in a more feminine way for the Resort season, featuring fuller skirts akin to those associated with the New Look of the 1940s and 50s, with a bohemian feel – think retro 50s housewife meets gypsy tartlet.
Sticking to his color palette of white, black, and grey, Anderson injects a feminine pop of color in the form of bubblegum pink, red, and blue, akin to his menswear collection, playing in to the designer’s philosophy of transcending the gender barriers with boxy shapes and simple silhouettes. But a fun addition to the Anderson roster? Brown snakeskin, featured in a long skirt and even longer peplum’d shirt, a very welcome texture no doubt to the designer’s ever climbing palette of textures (his quilted pieces have been in play since the fall collection and the menswear collection).
Yet another iconic collection from the young designer, there is no doubt why he received the NEWGEN support for another succeeding season in September. And soon enough, this young upstart will have all of the fashion world at his feet, with his simple and wearable pieces, which continuously provide a bit of British quirk that everyone lusts after.