J.W. Anderson

London: Fresh on the heels of his universally acclaimed Pre-Fall collection, J.W. Anderson did an about face for F/W 12 by abandoning quirky prints and kooky silhouettes for a streamlined and futuristic attitude. Opening with stark white skirts and wool robe coats, the collection cycled through quilted patent leather tunics affixed like armor to long sleeve tops and straight, clinical skirts hitting at mid-calf. The bucket hats from last season were transformed with elongated earflaps to further the protective theme, and cozy oversize knit sweaters obscured the figure with boxy proportions. Simplicity was key throughout, although padded textures infiltrated unlikely pieces like wrap skirts and pinstriped suiting. Utility also carried into buffalo-check cropped jackets, a contrast to the lone touch of femininity: full skirts most notably rendered in thick embossed leather.—Nina Stotler

Silhouette: Long / Full / Voluminous / Boxy / A-line

Color: White / Grey / Black / Chocolate / Lemon / Tangerine / Plum / Stone / Persimmon / Pumpkin

Key Items: Oversized crewneck sweaters / Robe coats / Patent leather tunic tops / Mid-calf skirts / Full-skirted dresses / Cropped jackets / Embossed leather skirts

Materials: Patent leather / Wool / Mohair / Silk / Embossed leather / Nylon

Print + Pattern: Plaid / Dots / Checks / Pinstripes

Details + Trim: Quilting / Pleating / Contrast collars / Ties / Asymmetry / Self belts

Accessories + Footwear: Quilted earflap hats / Platform creepers / Quilted clutches


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