JW Anderson’s androgynous S/S 13 show was held at Institute for Contemporary Arts in the heart of London. The models wore black scarves tied under the chin, over hair drenched in gel while they either clutched an A2 sized sketchbook or a quilted extremely feminine purse.
An overriding sense of femininity was prominent throughout, expressed through a myriad of bohemian and seventies inspired looks, especially the lilac bell-bottomed trousers along with extra elongated ribbed knitwear trousers which came with matching shirts and cardigans. It was ultimate 70s luxury, especially in the typical camel colour.
Asymmetric cuts were a key theme, showcased in a searingly hot pink blazer with a diagonal panel running across the front along with the diagonally slashed T-shirt which were tied with a small bow underneath the left arm and imprinted with fierce looking teddy bears. Shorts were cut way above the knee and trousers above the ankle in bold pinstripe, worn with either open toe platform patent leather sandal or a pair of patent loafers which only covered the toes – the ultimate slip-on shoe.
Signature style of hexagonal shapes were replaced with paint blotches in black, red and turquoise making for a interesting print, but it was the abstract floral motifs in French grey, black and white mounted onto translucent fabric that made my eyes twinkle. This collection is definitely not for everyone but JW Anderson showcased some undeniably artistic skill. The shapes crated with the asymmetric jackets were both beautiful and unusual and the shoes are sure to be found in all glossies come S/S 13.
Pringle of Scotland:
Alistair Carr of Pringle of Scotland can sign his name across my heart after his S/S 13 show hit the runway at the Hospital Club in Covent Garden. Luxury knitwear is central to the Pringle of Scotland menswear and this collection showcases that perfectly, weaving the classic heritage of the brand with modern man and his wardrobe.
The argyle sweaters were brilliantly eye catching in Easter yellows and greys, which also match the socks worn by all the models, other jumpers were camouflaged either in tones or grey or red. Cashmere sweaters were so delicate in their muted tone horizontal stripes they were almost translucent, paired with matching cardigans to create the iconic Pringle twin set.
Trousers were straight legged and smart in khaki and black, which were colour blocked with grey and cream panels from mid-thigh to mid-calf. Tailored above the knee shorts and dashing blazers made for a handsome combination, especially in eye twinkling jewel blue.
The coats came with a built in oversized rucksack, which provided an interesting, hunchback silhouette. I’m not the biggest fan of backpacks at the best of times but ones that can’t be removed are going to be even more of a problem, however this slip-up was overlooked as rest of the collection was spot on.
Words by Victoria Ritcher-Hart
Images via catwalking.com