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JW Anderson and the Womb of Fashion

The acclaimed designer has channelled the spirit of two very English painters: Patrick Caulfield and David Hockney, for his latest menswear collection, creating dazzling stained-glass appliqués, serpent-like disco fabric, landscape prints that are digitally distorted and crochet knits in all the colours of the rainbow, for AW17.

Anderson has in his own words, become “lost in the womb of fashion.” A suitable metaphor for the show’s location: a colourful labyrinth-like set in a military building near King’s Cross – an area rapidly reinventing itself from its former drabness.

The focus on crochet was deliberate. It is after all, a very English craft. “We realised it kind of looks like an iPhone,” Anderson noted, referring to the ubiquitous Granny Square shape. There’s something very comforting and maternal about crochet, though Anderson has put his unique spin on it for the 21st century, with the vibrant hues and seventies vibe.

Anderson’s models, his “little princes” were all wrapped up in the capes and crochet knits, safe and warm yet somehow experimental and exciting in the juxtaposition of print and colour, texture and line, reinventing menswear shows as provocative in their own right.

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