J.W. Anderson dared to go beyond what was considered conventional menswear for his spring summer collection. Entitled Age of Consent Anderson’s musings played with hyper feminine fabrics including organza and taffeta. Most garments were proactively short, sheer and body con with a colour palette spanning aqua, mustard, lilac and pink.
Informed by the relationship between mother and son the collection explored how a mother alters clothes to fit her son. The result included ribbed trousers with matching polo necks, semi transparent floral tops, flared lyrca trousers and bias cut coats.
Oil slicked fringes jutted from beneath headscarves, and were knotted under the chin and with cutout brogues worn on the feet the whole calamity was difficult to comprehend. While 99% of the male population would go nowhere near Anderson’s skimpy silhouettes there is very much something challenging and interesting in designers that go beyond the accepted and question what is and what isn’t acceptable for men to wear.
Anderson also showed a brilliant pin-stripe tucked in tuxedo jacket which was the closest representation to a plausible menswear look – let’s hope when Anderson launches his new line with Top Shop in September he will engage the commercial division of his hyper creativity.