Fashion
  • Text Kinza Shenn
  • 20th January 2021

Deep roots

It’s the hand-crocheted radishes that capture the intent of JW Anderson’s FW21 collection. Worn on keychains or jumpers, they salute to sincerity, craft, and, pun intended, one’s roots.

Jonathan Anderson wanted to return to the proverbial spring of where his label began. In his words, its fundamental values are “primitive plays with materials” and a “letting go of conceived ideas of how fashion and gender should be constructed”. The colours were unabashed, and the shapes, and textures. Trousers were trapezoid, coats glimmered with foil screening, and there were patchworked 2nd gens of the viral Harry Styles cardigan. Hairstylist Anthony Turner dyed shearling with the same applications as a head of hair.

Drawn to his “honest images”, Anderson commissioned Juergen Teller to capture the collection in a series of posters. They feature actor Sophie Okonedo and a trio of models holding flowers and flowering vegetables. Each was posted around the world to various recipients with a handwritten letter.

That’s the medium of the collection: hands. In these unique times, they foster intimacy through the sharing of an object’s touch when the bodies can’t meet.