London based J.W. Anderson is renowned for his androgynous, realistic and confident pieces for both men and women. Founding his young label in 2008, Anderson is already regarded as one of London’s most intuitive brands. Focusing on quiet individualism and refined forms, his collections are tailored and intricate yet playful and free. Working towards a radical new approach to menswear Anderson plays with proportions, materials and silhouettes each season, pushing his brand aesthetic to the forefront of the industry. Complacent with traditional prettiness and masculinity, the label celebrates the discipline of the perverse.
J.W. Anderson’s men’s AW15 collection was about ‘rejecting nostalgia’: a remix of styles over the past few decades but with a retrofuture aesthetic. With overwhelming proportions, exaggerated silhouettes and geometric metalwork, the directional collection transcended reality. Inspired by French writer, Alfred Jarry’s ‘pataphysics, Anderson’s pieces embodied a futuristic androgynous feel. From 70’s bell sleeves and cuffs to 60’s leather jackets and 90’s style bootcut pants, this season’s offerings were a mishmash of the decades. Pique wing collars and crumpled silhouettes were forward-thinking, realised in primary and secondary colours of blues, purples and greens whilst strong accents of red were seen on roll-neck collars and contrasting waved knitwear. Typically thought-provoking, Anderson offered a diverse and disorientating collection that switched between apocalyptic and retro styles.