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After many months of lockdown, we could all do with escaping our everyday reality and losing ourselves on an ocean adventure. While reimagining twelve years of designs for his sophomore Moncler Genius collection, Jonathan Anderson has been productively daydreaming about just that, picturing his designs on nomadic characters enjoying life on, and by, the sea. From fishermen sailing in deep waters to women waiting on terrafirma engaging in some highly crafty act of quiltmaking with sunsets reflected on the waters, a revolving kaleidoscope of seascapes provide the ideal backdrop for 1 Moncler JW Anderson.
Since he launched his eponymous label in 2008, the London College of Fashion graduate and former Prada visual merchandiser has transformed himself from a taste-tightrope-walking provocateur into one of the industry’s leading creative directors. This collaboration with Moncler Genius is a celebration of his past, present and future of challenging convention, subverting suppositions and pushing possibilities. As he continually walks the fine line between the straightforward and the abstract, his work stems from a genuine appreciation of craft, the natural world and the act of making, twisted upside down in a vision that is playfully unpredictable. Encapsulating this spirit, 1 Moncler JW Anderson provides an adventurous twist to the technicality of Moncler. As ever for JW Anderson, pieces are meant to be worn fluidly across genders.
Throughout the collection, pieces combine elements from his history and design archive with details of sailing apparel, traditional craftsmanship with technological innovations. As eyelets and tri-stitching details of sailing apparel characterise parkas, field jackets, Bermudas and cargo pants, vivid colour block contrasts highlight the details, and faded hues of Northern Irish sunsets are transferred onto long jersey T-shirt dresses as well as on anoraks, giving a dreamy twist to the utilitarian trail which is the background theme of the collection. Elsewhere, a vintage quilt inspires a whole selection of intricately quilted pieces, from the sustainable cotton long coat and cropped jacket to a feminine draped and gathered dress to inventive combinations of tops and culottes in delicate pastels hues. These are transportive pieces that encourage us all to dream again.