May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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London: Amid the charged anticipation for his recently released collaboration with Topshop, J.W. Anderson presented his mainline collection for S/S 13, debuting a feminine shift in thinking for the quirky young designer. After seasons of boxy silhouettes and heavy quilting, Anderson’s dresses were soft and wrapped, his menswear check walking shorts embellished with ruffles and his pinstripe trousers draped and pleated. Dotted, retro shell tops sat with business-like trousers embellished with flouncy asymmetric panels, while matched sets featured a rather sedate allover abstract print. Anderson’s signature motorcycle jackets finally arrived as did fitted neoprene blousons, but the collection never quite coalesced, moving from strict to girly and back again without this designer’s usually clear point of view.—Nina Stotler
Silhouette: Flowing / Lean / Asymmetric / Oversized / Bulky
Color: White / Pastel pink / Dove grey / Soft baby blue / Rich navy / Canary / Tangerine / Black / Silver / Peach / Metallic pumpkin / Nude
Key Items: Ruffled bandeaus / Ruffle trim walking shorts / Asymmetric tanks / Apron-skirt trousers / Matched sets / Neoprene jackets / Pleated halter knit tops
Materials: Twill / Gabardine / Printed silks / Jersey / Wrinkled chiffon / Neoprene
Print + Pattern: Checks / Abstract dots / Retro dots / Pinstripes
Details + Trim: Ruffles / Buttons / Pleating / Asymmetry / Cutouts / Bows
Accessories + Footwear: Plastic bead chokers / Ruffled quilt clutches / Colorblocked mini rain boots / Enameled chain bracelets / Chain link earrings
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