MFW Pre-Fall 21 and Mens AW21: JW Anderson

JONATHAN Anderson personally presented his Pre-Fall 21 and Mens’ AW21 collections though a series of posters made in collaboration with Juergen Teller and Benjamin Bruno, and an intimate discussion of the pieces, picked out in turn from the rail in his studio. Launched in the New Year, amidst a fashion week navigating virtual formats and the constraints of pandemic, Anderson’s collection proudly signals a fresh start.

The posters, glossy and technicoloured,  are graphic homages to sculptural forms made up of bodies, vegetables and boldly proportioned silhouettes. Hand written text runs across their borders: phrases that evoke the offbeat spirit of the collection, without strictly describing the images that they caption.

The collection is distinctly collaborative; the product of  Anderson and Teller’s first partnership, and characterised distinctly by Bruno’s bold styling. The womenswear collection is modelled by British actor and singer Sophie Okonedo CBE. In awe of her performance in Ratched, Anderson and Teller invited her to explore the performative nature of each look in their campaign, developing characters to present each look.

JW Anderson Men’s FW21

The collection is a cast in a palate cleansing spectrum of purple, lime, red and baby blue: electric colours that intersect with Anderson’s classic khaki and camel tones. Gourds, flowers and hand-crocheted radishes punctuate Anderson’s looks: clothes are both organic like their vegetable counterparts, and refreshingly outlandish. Oversized mohair jumpers were cinched with nylon belts, sheepskins were hand dyed by hairstylist Anthony Turner, and illustrations of peaches were splashed onto hoodies.

JW Anderson Pre-Fall21 and  Men’s FW21

The collection is refreshing. It marks a celebration of JW Anderson, and an exploration of a technicolored future of exaggerated proportions that extend beyond gendered constraints.

by Connie de Pelet

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