J. W. Anderson Presents the Anti-Oscar Gown
J. W. Anderson showed a huge number of full-length silhouettes for Autumn/Winter 2014, but that doesn't mean the designer is setting his sights on the red carpet. The J. W. Anderson girl wouldn't be caught dead in a strapless satin gown or an embellished illusion dress. Instead, these modern evening dresses came in heavy fabrics like felt, corduroy, and matte silk, with straps falling off one shoulder or folded as cowl necks in contrasting fabrics. Carefully seamed bias sections or small gathers helped to give skirts volume, and they were worn with flats, not sky-high sandals.
There were also suits with long skirts and chunky jackets, some featuring extra tubular panels running from bust to hips, wrapping right around the body. Sleeves on sweaters and tops were voluminous, tapering to the wrist or wide and rolled up above the elbow. Some featured overbust cup detail, as if a basque was being worn over a sweatshirt.
Anderson's reputation is for combining elements of both womenswear and menswear in his collections for a unisex feel, but this felt more like a womenswear collection than ever before. Those longer lengths and underwear-inspired details added a femininity that has been less obvious in previous shows. Will the fans enjoy this change of course? If the response on social media is anything to go by, you'll be seeing a lot of these dresses come September.