There are few designers that have instigated such an immediate frenzy as J.W. Anderson. Jonathan William Anderson was a beloved member of the crew of menswear designers that show on the Wednesday of LFW and most were surprised last season when he announced that he was entering the womenswear market. Naysayers were quickly shut down as his debut women’s presentation landed him on every ‘ones to watch’ list printed.
This season, to a crowd that included influencers such as Hamish Bowles from Vogue and Suzy Menkes, Anderson showed that he’s only getting started. With references to Balenciaga, Celine, and early Prada, his collection was a wonderful mixture of interesting knits, clean lines, and contrasting textures. In addition to his mix-and-match dresses and cardigan skirts, Anderson also debuted his collaboration with ALDO Rise showing a collection of both flats and heels. The heels featured contrasting textures and the flats were, for lack of a better description, somewhere between Sketchers and classic brogues.
He also took on the emerging pajama trend but to great success; his branded striped versions, showed in both pink and blue, took the best of sleep wear and transformed it into a wearable look perfect for a night at the beach. Anderson’s style is reminiscent of early Nicholas Ghesquière so it’s almost guaranteed that he’s on the radar of the world’s foremost luxury houses.