J.W. Anderson Man AW2012 - elysium.e Review


It's not often you witness a designer whom caters for both sexes heighten the kookiness of their work through the male counterpart. Here Anderson’s urban warrior of the season runs parallel with whimsical motifs, appliqu├ęd pineapples and printed cockerels reminiscent to the comical elements of Jil Sander’s Parisian showing. A defensive and armoured aesthetic is further evident through turtle-neck lengths that run across the show in its entirety. This regimental quality is decorated with an intriguing application of a golden animal brooch, precisely pinned into place.


There’s an undeniable illustration of a heavy layering, jumpers replace the humble t-shirt, styled below quilted vests, knee-length coats and additional knitwear. Overlapping busy hues of orange, burgundy, green and blue are cleverly accommodated beside a formal palette of black, grey and white. Equally, these experimental colours are presented on tactile woollen surfaces and hyper-modern plasticized finishes. Patchwork puffa garments are manipulated and concentrated into a male clutch bag, an urban alternative to the formal clasp offerings now prevalent in the menswear arena.

Dissected and considered as singles, each garment is entirely adaptable to an everyday wardrobe. Though such a generic subtlety is often discouraged in terms of London Fashion Week and this is ultimately why we’re obsessed over the more exaggerated equations. Our key look taking into consideration JWA’s exuberant design palette, with a tangerine leather over-garment covering a green turtleneck jumper, the squared exterior is juxtaposed against a flowing charcoal pant, in a tone that works wonderfully against the tangerine top.


Words: Scott Goldthorpe