London Men's Fashion Week SS16: J.W. Anderson

Karate kid

London Men's Fashion Week SS16: J.W. Anderson
The British designer delivered yet another abstract collection, playing with traditional Japanese silhouettes interpreted through his familiar androgynous aesthetic

Trying to find a leitmotif in a Jonathan Anderson collection... is the fashion equivalent of trying to find a needle in a haystack. Yet, when pressed, there were design cues inspired by Karate uniforms: Tunics and jackets fashioned after the traditional martial art outfit, but reimagined sans sleeves and constructed in denim; cowl neck tops fastened with Karate-esque fabric belts; and wide-legged trousers rehashed with ruched pleating at the waist.

Ever the non-conformist... the designer showcased 'bags' constructed out of two-dimensional metal frames that accommodated keys and very little of anything else. Time to pocket the credit card and ditch the wallet?

And what about those shoes? A peculiar hybrid of sandals and flats, models traipsed down the runway in red patent-leather shoes fastened at the ankle with a wide modular flap.  

The designer's familiar androgynous aesthetic... could be seen on a teal-coloured leather jacket that cleaved to the body with its hourglass silhouette; a truncated pullover with matelassé detailing; and a taupe-coloured trenchcoat with a drop-waist.  

But our favourite piece from the runway... was the oversized leather bomber jacket in jailhouse-orange accented with black contrast collars and ribbing. 'Wearability' is not a dirty word.

To see all our coverage of London Collections: Men SS16, click here.

Text: Norman Tan

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