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JW Anderson's extravaganza is colorful for Pre-Fall 2022

The British designer brings to the runway a party made of glitter, hybrid clothes and bizarre pigeon-shaped bags

JW Anderson's extravaganza is colorful for Pre-Fall 2022 The British designer brings to the runway a party made of glitter, hybrid clothes and bizarre pigeon-shaped bags

The future of fashion weeks is the dismantling of the gender division? Looking at JW Anderson's latest show, the answer seems to be yes. The designer was supposed to debut his first show at Milan Fashion Week, but instead, due to the pandemic and the Omicron variant, he chose to present both the FW22 men's collection and the pre-fall 2022 women's collection, in digital format. The result is naïve imagery rooted in that vibrant optimism of when we were kids, a universe hovering between fairy tale and dream where contemporary style is colorful, joyful and without gender barriers. 

JW Anderson creates a shared wardrobe "silly, but in the right way, in a positive way", in which inspirations from the world of football and childhood become hybrid and eccentric clothes, almost subversive basics: polo dress with the bottom flap reminiscent of a hoola hop; high-necked sweaters with cut-outs; sweaters made of knitted knots or woven plastic bracelets; metallic jumpsuits; jacket-coats with asymmetrical closures; one-shoulder and draped dresses; silver leggings; cargo pants; mini dresses decorated with zebra prints.

Even the accessories, as in Anderson's style (remember the stiletto shoes with heels in the shape of lipstick or egg from Loewe's SS22 collection?), are strange and fun, especially the bags, from the elephant-shaped one to the pigeon-shaped clutch, both inspired by a series of toys popular in the UK between the '70s and '80s.