June 16, 2014 London
Anderson also talked about "perverting classic men's shapes." Coats became fluid coatdresses. Jackets were slashed open at the back. A cabled cardigan was cropped and zippered, its neckline scooped dangerously low. Yet there were also pieces that were as straightforward as anything Anderson has ever made. Striped polos with matching pants, for example, or tank tops, or a finale that might as well have been his version of baseball shirts. And the show opened with cap-sleeve tops patterned after the work of octogenarian carpet designer John Allen, which were items of bucolic loveliness. True to character, Anderson felt compelled to point out the dropped pockets, which made the models stretch their arms. "A bit creepy," he mused. "It feels normal, but it's not." It seems he just prefers things twisted, though this collection proved his personal preference needn't get in the way of our desire. Besides, normality is an overrated concept.