JW Anderson FW23: pillows, padlocks and frog boots
By Lakeisha Goedluck | Fashion | 16 January 2023

Experimentation is what Jonathan Anderson does best. Playful, practical – and in the brand’s own words, primordial – was the aim of the designer’s whimsical game this season. Models strutted like carpenters equipped for work, but dressed in animal-print briefs and ankle boots, with rolls of fabric tucked under their arms. Graphic-print t-shirts printed with fluorescent torsos offered a nostalgic nod to 80s workout videos while shaggy, oversized loop-knit jumpers in cream and canary yellow conjured images of larger-than-life childhood puppets. Felted oversized tees-turned-nightshirts looked casual and cosy, as some marched with pillows nestled in the nook of elbows or clutched around chests. Elsewhere, form-fitting black trousers featured piping erupting from the pockets, mimicking the form of teapot handles.

Anderson’s signature leather ruffled shorts also received an update with distinctive metal hardware, fashioned into strapless dresses. In fact, belted hardware dominated the ensemble, adding robustness to the otherwise light-hearted affair. Slick leather and fur duffle coats included belted fastenings decorated with miniature padlocks featuring the label’s iconic JW logo.

The same decorative details made their way onto ankle boots in blackcurrant, black and cherry red. While (you’ve probably seen by now) Wellipets frog rain boots – yep, the ones that went viral before viral was a thing in the 80s when Princess Diana dressed her boys in them – were repurposed into playful slip-on mules in the original colourways. This was Anderson at his best: honouring the hallmarks of great design, refining his label’s recognisable motifs and managing to imbue the entire collection with a sense of his own wonder.

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