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J.W.Anderson

Fall 2017 Menswear

London

J.W.Anderson

Fall 2017 Menswear

London

BY William Buckley

January 8, 2017

The genius of J.W.Anderson is as accepted among the stylish set as shearling coats in fall or floral prints in spring—it goes without saying. Anderson’s Fall 2017 collection is a statement. 

Sweaters with immensely oversized sleeves swinging at the wrists in all their disproportionately dysfunctional glory are “not good for eating dinner, especially not spaghetti bolognese,” he quips in his soft, and quite frankly incredibly sexy, Northern Ireland lilt.

Beyond these biggest of knits there were landscapes, stained glass windows, and crochet in colors that would make your grandma’s beige tablecloth gasp in horror. “It really goes back to the very beginning when we started with this idea of craft, and even more, lost craft, and how do you reinterpret them in a way where they have a modernity twist. We worked on the colors a lot to come up with combinations that feel familiar, but at the same time there is a psychadelicness to it.”

Regarding his cardigans with crochet pockets, polo shirts in landscape prints, and woolen overcoats with crocheted sleeves, Anderson offered, “I just liked the idea of twisted classics. Sleeves are unbuttoned to make [them] sleeveless, or this idea of the polo shirt that somehow in British culture has become an icon, but sometimes maybe a negative one, so to intercept that and twist it into something positive. Also, to take a craft that’s been done for centuries like stained glass windows or crochet; a vintage craft that’s been lost so you have to find a way to make it new. I love that.”

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