Friday 14th September

| BY Claudia Croft

JW Anderson: Ready-to-Wear SS19

Jonathan Anderson is in his zenith. His aesthetic has crystallised: Craft and modernity all mixed up with a quirky tomboy ease (and seriously good shoes and bags). He nailed contemporary dressing with this collection which brimmed with confidence.

The key, recurring piece was a a bib-front shirt which fell to an asymmetric hem which was crafted to put a global nomad spin on something he already owns in fashion – the long shirt. This stylish piece worked over turned-up tailored trousers, layered over skirts or worn long as a tassel trimmed tunic dress. Sold! With an eye on future classics, Anderson also placed workwear-style pyjama suits at the heart of the collection. They came square cut in bold pink, red or yellow cotton. They were so easy to wear but also scored highly on the scale of impactful modern chic. Other looks were accessorised with denim workwear apron belts.

Crafted elements played a strong role. Cotton trousers came with panels of macrame at the knees and pretty cotton-lace doilies fluttered on the shoulders of knitted tank dresses. At one point, Anderson twisted jersey to create an immaculate black dress, complicated in its geometry but exceptional in its wearability. It wouldn’t be J-Dubz without a quirk. That came in the shape of leather headscarves pierced at the front with a golden chain and worn a la Her Majesty. It added up to one of those rare “buy-every-piece” collections.

Linda Fargo, the influential Bergdorf Goodman bigwig nodded her immaculate blonde power bob approvingly on exit and said: “That’s great for our lady; you just need to break it down into shopping and team a complicated skirt with a sweatshirt.” Anything you say Linda. Anything you say.

Photographs by Jason Lloyd-Evans.