One of the most intriguing young designers of his generation here in London has to be J.W. Anderson. Foraying into fashion design after exploring drama, Anderson joined the London College of Fashion menswear course before starting his own label. Having worked in merchandising, the designer is as much of an expert in it as he is in designing. So it's no surprise that the phrase ‘oh-so-wearable’ is one I’m often used to thinking about when I see J.W. Anderson’s creations and of course, nothing beats seeing his collection up-close. The attention to detail, the fabric, everything about his clothes is considered and beautiful. His latest collection proved to be as intriguing as ever.
Having followed the collections mostly online one-dimensionally, one feels that what we see on screen is essentially quite different from that on the catwalk and in real life. But without access, sites like Style.com are the next best option to seeing the clothes as they move on the catwalk. The thing about J.W. Anderson’s A/W 2013 collection though is that one gets the feeling that one does not really need to see the clothes personally in order to get the message Anderson is trying to convey. By creating sculptural form, the forward-thinking and completely modern (in every sense of the word) designer seems to have transcended the medium of catwalk showing to convey his message through another medium of one-dimensional imagery. He is a very interesting designer, one who puts a large chunk of his perspective in his creations; the result of which is something quite personal, disturbing - slightly austere - but never ever boring.