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J.W. Anderson

A SWEET ECCENTRIC
Paris: Young Irish designer J.W. Anderson has come a long way in the past few seasons, adding a womenswear line to his already established men’s offering and now taking a stab at Pre-Fall for 2012. Known for quirkiness and his cult-hit paisleys, Anderson zeroed in on full-skirts paired with chunky platform loafers for a look reminiscent of Rei Kawakubo’s awkwardly appealing proportions. The comparisons stopped there however, as Anderson experimented with unusual but warm color schemes, hallucinatory diamond patterns, and above all, thick textures. Padding and quilting gave his tops enough substance to balance weighty wool skirts, while slick leathers diffused the sweet frumpiness of schoolgirl apron dresses. Layering straight skirts over trousers achieved another offbeat silhouette while miniature quilted bucket hats sealed Anderson’s eccentric theme.—Nina Stotler

Silhouette: Boxy / A-line / Relaxed

Color: White / Black / Cherry red / Tangerine / Oxblood / Lemon / Navy / Cobalt / Chocolate / Grey / Grass

Key Items: Ribbed crewneck sweaters / Full skirts / Wide leg trousers / Cable knit sweaters / Quilted motorcycle jackets / Apron dresses / Blouson jackets

Materials: Patent leather / Wool / Chunky knits / Vinyl / Mohair / Cashmere / Fur

Print + Pattern: Grids / Diamonds / Houndstooth

Details + Trim: Quilting / Colorblocking / Embroidery / Pleating / Contrast collars / Zippers / Buckles / Peter pan collars

Accessories + Footwear: Quilted boater hats / Chunky platform loafers / Penny loafers / Oversized quilted clutches / Brooches

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