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July 23 2014

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Three’s A Trend: Shapely Shoulders

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Shapely Shoulders from Roksanda Ilincic , J.W. Anderson, and Balenciaga

While we saw a slouchy softness across the Resort ’14 collections, a few designers offered an architectural counterproposal by employing sculptural elements, particularly at the shoulder.

Roksanda Ilincic, for example, showed voluminous sleeves that were part bell and part calla lily in shape. The designer accented these silhouettes with glittering PVC—a structural cue in its own right. At Balenciaga, Alexander Wang created a swooped-back crop top, its glacial silk forming an awning over the shoulder blades. J.W. Anderson‘s Jonathan Anderson, too, turned out striking arms in his continued experiment with knitwear, which he describes as “forms of construction.” The designer’s opening Resort look—an all-black knit dress—featured an oversize origami-pleat sleeve that arced over the deltoid. Of his choice to embrace the look, Anderson told us, “I think it was the abstraction in finding something new.”

Photos: Courtesy Photos

Boy Meets Girl in J.W. Anderson’s Debut Campaign

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J.W. Anderson's Fall '13 Campaign
J.W. Anderson's Fall '13 Campaign

To say Jonathan Anderson, the London-based designer behind J.W. Anderson, has had a big year would be a ridiculous understatement. The past 12 months have seen the up-and-comer—best known for crisp, clean shapes and boldly blurring gender lines—win the 2012 British Fashion Award for Emerging Talent, receive a frenzy of media attention for putting his Fall ’13 boys in ruffled skirts and tunics, star in a slew of magazine features, and design a capsule for Versace’s Versus. “You have to take it step-by-step,” said Anderson of his meteoric rise. “The whole point of fashion for me is that I love what I do and it doesn’t seem like work. You just need to find a balance and do things organically when you feel like doing them.” Anderson’s next organic step is his first ad campaign, which, lensed by Jamie Hawkesworth, debuts exclusively above. Styled by Benjamin Bruno, the minimal images depict a pared-down boy and girl dressed in Anderson’s Fall ’13 designs. The pair gaze moodily into the camera, and, in one shot, the male model holds a red car door. According to Anderson, it represents the idea of extraction. “I wanted to show the relationship between a boy and a girl, a man and a woman, and the abstraction of that,” he explained. “There’s something disturbing between them, and it makes you question the idea of who in the image is more powerful, or who is more seductive.”

The ads’ rollout will be as organic as their inception. Anderson, who just debuted his androgynous Spring ’14 menswear collection in London, is still feeling it out, and plans to place the photographs in such magazines as Dazed & Confused and Another, as well as in online outlets and retail spaces. “I think advertising is always looked at as a corporate thing,” offered the designer. “But I kind of see it as more of an art form. Fashion is meant to sell a dream or idea. It’s not just about pushing a bag,” he said. “It’s about pushing a concept.”

The Split-Second Preview: J.W. Anderson

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The Spring ’14 menswear collections kicked off this weekend in London, and they’ll continue with the shows at Florence’s Pitti Uomo, in Milan, and in Paris. Before their wares hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length previews at 140 characters or less. Our complete collection of Spring ’14 previews is available here.

A sneak peak at J.W. Anderson's Spring '14 menswear collection

WHO: J.W. Anderson, designed by Jonathan Anderson

WHERE: London

WHEN: Monday, June 17

WHAT: “Disturbed workwear, opposed on a mono-architecture.” —Jonathan Anderson. The designer sent us a glimpse of his Spring ’14 collection (above) and accessories (below).

A sneak peek at J.W. anderson's Spring '14 menswear accessories

Photos: Courtesy of J.W. Anderson

All That Glitters In Cannes Is Carine Roitfeld’s Gold Fashion Show

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Karolina Kurkova wears Roberto Cavalli at the Ultimate Gold Fashion Show in CannesWhen a good cause (amfAR) and a major industry figure (Carine Roitfeld) come together, it’s a given that the fashion world will line up to lend a hand. And so it was at “The Ultimate Gold Collection” fashion show that Roitfeld staged at the nonprofit’s Cinema Against AIDS Gala at the Cannes Film Festival last night. The show included golden looks from Tom Ford and Thom Browne, Versace and Valentino, Marc Jacobs and Moncler, Dior, Comme des Garçons, Prada, Ralph Lauren, and Rick Owens—a group that becomes even more impressive given that they represent less than one third of the show’s participants. Add in the twenty-two additional jewelry and accessory brands, the glossy Gianvito Rossi heels…

Suffice it to say, with LoveGold.com as one of the evening’s three title sponsors, the theme was pretty much preordained. Having soft-launched around award season earlier this year, LoveGold is being positioned as the creative, community online platform for the World Gold Council. LoveGold helped support the accessory creations, in addition to hosting the Livestream on its homepage.

“For certain designers, the cost of gold is a barrier to entry,” said Sally Morrison, LoveGold’s director of jewelry in the U.S. “We were interested in creating a sort of incubator program where we offered gold loans for jewelers we were interested in to allow them to work in the medium and de-risk it for them. That coalesced very nicely with designers [Carine] wanted to put in the show.”
A gold bangle by Aurora Lopez Mejia is put on backstage
Jeweler Ana Khouri has worked with gold since launching her namesake jewelry line; for her, it’s just an extension of her sculpture background. Khouri represents the new generation of precious-metal designers, one whose mandate is as much about responsible gold sourcing as unconventional multi-finger rings. “I think gold is a universal language; it really connects people. And how amazing it is to get all this talent together with gold as the link,” said Khouri, before taking her architectural cuffs to be paired with a J.W. Anderson ruffled look. Continue Reading “All That Glitters In Cannes Is Carine Roitfeld’s Gold Fashion Show” »

NEWGEN Men’s Lucky Seven

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NEWGEN Men's Spring 2014 winners

The British Fashion Council and Topman have awarded seven up-and-coming talents with NEWGEN Men sponsorship for the Spring ’14 season. First-time honorees include Agi & Sam (designed by Agape Mudmulla and Sam Cotton), Astrid Andersen, and Nasir Mazhar, while Matthew Miller, Lee Roach, Shaun Samson, and Martine Rose are returning NEWGEN veterans. The designers will receive funding to present their lines at the London Collections: Men, which kicks off June 16, and join the ranks of former winners like J.W. Anderson, James Long, and SIBLING.