J.W. Anderson’s last menswear collection caused a stir for it’s relaxing into ‘everyday’ wear that differed greatly from the designers penchant for gender-bending designs. Instead chinos and jeans were the feature, making for a collection that almost sat back and breathed a sigh of relief from having to push the fashion wall too far a field.
For spring, Anderson’s women’s range followed a similar direction. Gone were the wildly differing threads of inspiration, and in their place were garments made from natural fibres cut into humble designs. Linen, washed-out cotton sweat shirting, marled-yarn knit and soft nappa leather featured on easy to wear designs that brought a sense of calm. The humble nature of the designs echoed what Anderson has been doing over at Loewe, where a rustic feeling has been embedded into the brand aesthetic. Here, Irish tea-towel linen with a red stripe spelling the designer’s name, was woven in a traditional factory in Northern Ireland. A back to basics approach, but one where luxury of craft rises to the top. Other garments followed suit with subtle sequin panels and tan stripes that were in fact, hand stitched leather panels. This understated luxury, and the implied notions of time and craft that came with them, meant that the collection fell into a space of comfort and sanctuary. And in a time where the world seems like a frightening place to be, who could argue with that approach?