It's a fact that JW Anderson's creative director and founder Jonathan Anderson is the clear-cut winner in fashion during COVID-19. The fashion designer has changed the way fashion collections are presented and brought to life through the carefully curated and thought out packages that have been sent to fashion editors and friends of brands (Loewe and JW Anderson) since the pandemic. These packages are nothing short of pure fashion enjoyment.
For autumn/winter 2021, Anderson worked with Juergen Teller to photograph his entire collection. The images were then blown up into double-sided posters and tagged with (pretty) random captions that are meant for the image on the reverse.
"We chose a poster for this season because I wanted it to feel like you had visited an exhibition. The captions that don’t really fit with the image they are on gives that kind of feeling. And it's as though you visited an exhibition or a gallery and had this piece of ephemera, this poster, to take home with you," Anderson expresses in his press notes.
As a collection, the autumn/winter 2021 collection was Anderson noticeably inching away from the more commercial aspect of fashion—an aesthetic shift that was apparent from 2015 to 2018—and back to his free-play of experimenting with silhouettes and construction. The lines between menswear and womenswear are even more blurred this time around as the looks included the women's pre-fall 2021 collection as well.
Look and feel: What made Anderson a force to be reckoned with were his constant redefinitions of gender and reimaginations of fashion. And for autumn/winter 2021, he's back to the roots of JW Anderson (he calls the collection a "palette cleanser"). While the silhouettes of some of the looks do look rather intimidating, they've been heightened by Teller's photography and Benjamin Bruno's styling—each look was conceptualised to somewhat resemble sculptures. The trousers especially, looked stiff with their outre and pointy side construction, but could be easily folded to the front (look 24) for a more 'traditional' shape.
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Favourite looks: Look 9's spaceship-like coordination consisted of a wool single-breasted coat with oversized lapels that was hand-screened with silver foil to give a sort of worn, metallic effect—brilliant. The printed hoodies (look 5) of still life images of fruits and vegetables were also too beautiful (and also incredibly wearable) to ignore. And then, there was an update to the viral 'Harry Styles sweater' but this time using patchworks of different textures and materials, including recycled yarns.
Favourite accessories: Autumn/winter 2020's beloved chunky chain loafers made a return for this collection look 15, and we reckon that it's bound to be part of the brand's classic items. But we're also gravitating towards the sequinned zipped boots (looks 8 and 19) that were reminiscent of Anderson's prior collaborations with Converse. Rain or shine, we'd be wearing them with just about anything and everything.