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April 21 2014

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On The Road With J. W. Anderson

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Today is the boys’ turn at London fashion week, and JW Anderson will be showing his menswear, but it’s his stuff for the ladies that caught our eye. It’s only his second season designing womenswear, but his first-ever presentation earlier this week showed exactly why Kristen Dunst and Jamie Winstone are fans of the young Irishman (and, for the record, why there’s a cultish like buzz about his accessories–tartan bangles with studs anybody?).

“The collection is all about youth and getting lost,” Anderson said, adding he was interested in the journey that young people make and the “ups and downs, the mistakes, the highs, the lows, that result from that.” And so, screening alongside the clothes, was a film he created for the occasion: a young couple—in each other’s borrowed clothing—going on a Hunter S. Thompson-like, acid-fuelled road trip. The elements are varied—neon, patchwork, dip dye, Navajo waistcoats, doilies glued to tulle, scuffed up biker boots embellished with Swarovski crystals—but an emphasis on smart cutting and tailoring pulls it all together. No wonder that sales, reportedly, have been brisk, and Liberty of London has cornered exclusive pieces. His dream client, Anderson said, would be Dree Hemingway. At this rate, that shouldn’t be just a dream for much longer.

Photo: Courtesy of JW Anderson

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