Youth sub-cultures continue to be a fascination for Irish designer J W Anderson whose S/S 2011 collection entitled, ‘The Devoured And I,’ was a dreamy representation of adolescence. As the show notes touted, the collection was an exploration of, “The intimacy and journey of two people as they experiment and get lost in self-discovery’.” Showing womenswear alongside his menswear, Anderson’s dreamy collection referenced portraits of teenagers taken by American photographer William Gedne.
As the concept of intimacy was explored, Anderson brought together contrasting elements including mismatch and clashing fabrics. Patchwork, dip dyed garments were all formed through a slim silhouette. Liberty prints were bleached out and washed out florals further enhanced the worn in aesthetic. Rolled-up trousers in subdued tones and canvas biker jackets adhered to the whimsical hippie trail. Embellishments included Swarovski crystals on boot tips while crocheted doilies were applied to tulle tops.
Anderson’s collections have a romanticized deconstructed appeal that resides in the designer’s affable sensitivity towards fabrics and embellishment. For the finale, a laser light display and Pulp soundtrack forged psychedelic hallucinations hypnotizing the viewers to go direct to oki-ni.com where pieces from the collection could be bought immediately.