jw anderson for topshop II
It was announced earlier this week that JW Anderson’s second collaboration with Topshop will hit stores on February 15. His first collection, launched in September 2012, was a huge success, and was the first Topshop collaboration to include mens and womenswear, accessories, stationery and quirky homewares. The designer described the first collection as “a bridge between craft and modernity”, while the new collection is inspired by different youth cultures.
The campaign for the collection shows near-identical models, one male, one female, wearing similar outfits from the line. This seems to be a continuation of the subversion of gender that we saw at Anderson’s recent menswear show. The bustiers for boys shown on the A/W 13 runway don’t feature in the Topshop collab, but patent trenchcoats, huge platform loafers, denim kilts and frill-hem skirts do, as well as an abundance of argyle and bold knit motifs featuring cars and birds and other (quite plain) stuff.
I was a big fan of the original line, although I felt that a lot of it would be near-impossible to wear. I feel like a lot more of the pieces in this second offering are super wearable and actually have a chance of becoming really iconic pieces. I am pretty much in love with the flatform loafers, which come in black or white, as well as the sweet patent jacket (above) which also comes in beige, as an alternative to the trenchcoat in the collection.
All images from vogue.co.uk.