May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: 28-year-old London-based designer J.W. Anderson is on quite the upward trajectory of late. He recently won the Emerging Talent Award at the British Fashion Awards, announced a collaboration with Topshop, and was chosen to collaborate with Donatella Versace on the Versus label. His current collection, which he described as “hyper-strict and minimal” showed that his work is maturing, as well. Anderson mentioned that the idea of the triptych appealed to him, and many of the looks included three parts – two-piece ensembles with matching tall boots. It seemed all serious and full of restraint until the daisy motif appeared. The playful intarsia patterns provided a welcome element of humor and youthfulness. They also suggested 60s inspirations. Leather A-line skirts with high slits looked as if they could have come straight from a Versus show. Perhaps Anderson is practicing. It will be intriguing to watch this young talent develop and take on new roles.–Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: A-line / Asymmetrical / Stacked / Oversized
Color: Charcoal / Camel / Black / Cream / White / Royal blue / Red / Kelly green / Baby pink / Khaki / Cinnamon
Key Items: Daisy-patterned sweaters / Wool matched short sets / Leather A-line skirts / Slouchy pants
Materials: Bonded wools / Medium-gauge yarns / Pinstriped suitings / Slick leathers / Silk crepe
Print + Pattern: Daisies / Pinstripes
Details + Trim: Flounces / Slits / Asymmetrical hemlines / Overlapping panels
Accessories + Footwear: Leather head wraps / Leather gloves with ruffles / Zipper cases / Ruffled knee-high boots
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