• #insideout oi oi @cosstores and @currentelliott - who made your clothes??? @fash_rev
  • Last @designerjumble outfit of the day - @saundersstudio jacket, Betty Jackson jacket, Antithesis shirt, @fromsomewhereuk top, Loewe skirt, Luella bag
  • More brilliant @designerjumble pieces @prada top and skirt, Antony Price parachute dress @rupertsanderson shoes
  • Made In Britain pieces by @jameslonglondon and @topshop Who made your clothes? #InsideOut @fash_rev
  • Amazing pieces from a 1,500 collection of Hannalore Smart, widow of Circus King Billy Smart Jr... Alaia,  Gaultier, Comme, Issey Miyake, Prada... All going into @designerjumble soon with some on auction!! Gaultier corset, vintage customised jeans, Prada shoes, CdG skirt - very Meadham Kirchhoff SS13!

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"What young girls would want to wear…" is what is thrown around about J.W. Anderson's womenswear collection which, now only in its second season has garnered a lot of key stockists already with ASOS and Liberty getting behind him in a big way (have spotted at least three of those heart-embroidered tees already at LFW…).  Peeking at the new S/S 11 collection, when people say 'young', perhaps what they mean is 'awkward'.  I mean that in the best way possible.  J.W. Anderson seems to have developed of a knack of tapping into a sensibility where there's an element of feeling lost, misguided or socially awkward – aka the gawky girl who doesn't quite feel comfortable in her skin but can definitely mish mash an outfit together that say a multitude of things that she physically can't.  Well, goes without saying that I personally relate to that in a big way as well a gazillion other girls (when I say girl, it's also a state of mind thing… when does social awkwardness supposedly end anyway?)

When I saw the sketches of J.W. Anderson's collection at a New Gen panel meeting, I was already blown away with the richness and depth of references that he had pulled up, leaving no detail unturned.  Photography William Gedney was the underlying influence of the collection as well as being literally turned out as prints on t-shirts.  His portrayal of hippy youth in the 70s definitely forms a backbone except from the sometimes-haunting imagery, J.W. Anderson has brought it to life with marvellous fabric choices such as bleached out Liberty print and an appropriate South American cultural mining that can be seen in the jewellery, all blended into the easy, ever so preppy and again pleasingly awkward separates that you can't ever be too precious about as these are clothes meant to be thrown on without too much preamble.  It's also interesting how Anderson has overturned some of the references to what I can only describe as err… older, hippy boho wear… (come on, you know the kind of clothes I'm talking about… Camden has a few stores specialising in them)… and has made the aesthetic young and relevant in the collection.  When the entirity all comes together, it's anything but awkward and instead, you can't help but buy into the vision, the story and the idea of escaping in these clothes, for actual teenagers  who will be experiencing some of the aforementioned awkwardness, and for some adults, who masochistically want to relive that all over again.  Which is probably why it will be hard for me not to start pre-ordering pieces (Liberty have already started selling some of the S/S 11 clothing and accessories).

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Comments (24)

  1. Wow, I love this. This style is so relevant to this blog, and I think so many of your readers too. I love the looks, and how the textures, prints, and patterns are mixed so greatly. It is all so visually appealing, yet, somewhat awkward. What I love most is the shoes.
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  2. Lorna says:

    Looking at this look-book, I wouldn’t be surprised if you were on the moodboard too.

  3. pearl says:

    OMG THOSE PINK TROUSERS.. AND THAT BLACK OVER THE KNEE SKIRT!!!
    I die..

  4. epaige816 says:

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  6. Dannnisa says:

    oh wow i love the looks! i think i love awkward things

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  8. Kellye Parish says:

    Mmm, I think this collection is a little *too* awkward for me. Guess I’m more of a Versace girl at heart. :P

  9. katie kirby says:

    These are incredible. So visual and I love the textures especially with the sheath skirt with the blue pullover.

  10. Terri says:

    I’m liking the sheer tee and the doilies added to others.

  11. I love the energy of his collection. Thanks for sharing.

  12. margief says:

    i so get the theme of this collection- i was definitely noted for my ‘interesting’ garment combinations when i was younger. I like these looks but oh dear what are those shoes??
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  13. We are really loving all the different textures, crazy patterns and unusual styles- maybe a bit too out-there but the young really do love to experiment- a great way to show them!

  14. Janice says:

    Your entries are always so beautifully written, full of insight. Would love to see who are you going to select as the Dr Martens X Sanrio dress-up competition(Singapore) winner! :)

  15. X Alex says:

    Gorgeous! I love the styling of the different pieces! And it’s such a niche to have clothes for this particualr age group of customers! Very experimental, textural and rich colours! Great details- from the slight tweak in the hair to the choice of accessories!

  16. Glamour says:

    All her dress is very atrractive and beautifull too…Especially the pink one …I really wanna give a big hug to ur designer …You shoes looks perfect with ur costumes ..http://www.facebook.com/pages/Viva-Magazine-Your-Premium-Womens-Natural-Health-Magazine/262734921452?ref=ts I love the textures a lot …

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  19. Greta says:

    Die Outfits sind ganz ok,aber diese Frau…
    Warum müssen eigentlich alle Models krank aussehen???

  20. All girls will drool on this.

  21. Nice blog , model is nice but not fit for the standing view , thanks for sharing

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