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LFW 09 – JW Anderson S/S 2010 – Warriors

MAN, Somerset House, September 23rd 2009

Written by Jonno Ovans

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Jonathan Anderson continued the exotic references under his label JW Anderson, and who looked to the masculine arenas of basketball uniforms, approved New York street culture from the 70s and tribal warriors to inform his incredibly diverse designs.

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A largely black collection that gave way to white coupled with two pairs of iridescent blue trousers, adiposity the warrior influence manifested with cuffs, hand-beaded grass skirts and hoop earrings, whilst bomber jackets, harem trousers, fez hats and light cardigans all managed to occupy the same space.

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Whilst the press blurb told us that Anderson is interested in these symbols of masculinity, an interesting dialogue between masculinity and feminity was created by introducing elements of womenswear- through the use of long tops and double-woven silk trousers and coats.

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It was a beautifully tempered collection that of course drew strength from more eye-popping accessories, including a heavily studded belt that went round the waist of a gold-buttoned trench coat. Like Danielle Scutt a couple of days ago, Anderson answered the difficulty of taking wide cultural references by blending them perfectly, and making them accessible to just about anybody.

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All photographs by Matt Bramford

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