It’s been quiet around these parts for days now. So where, in amongst a sea full of Mary Katrantzou tote bags, beautiful James Long knitwear and a trusty pad and pen, have I been all this time? Interning for Melanie Rickey of course, Fashion Editor-at-Large of Grazia magazine! Her business proved so much of a learning curve, and it was down to Melanie herself that I got to perch my bum front row at some of the biggest menswear shows this season during the highly anticipated London Fashion Week. Not only that, I got to put my journalism skills to the test, interviewing some of London’s hottest talent in menswear backstage. Thanks Mel!

J.W Anderson fuelled the fire of menswear on Wednesday 22nd February and sartorial wear was strictly off the cards. As the first menswear designer to showcase his new collection, entitled ‘Chamber of Isolation’, the venue was claustrophobic to the backdrop of heavy industrial beats. A spooky start to a theatrical collection. Fitting considering Anderson’s background in theatre.

If the music didn’t have you shaking in your boots then you were most certainly moonwalking, as footwear, in collaboration with Aldo Rise, came in white or black leather mixed with plaid wool. Trousers came in the form of flares, a trippy throwback to the 80s with zip detailing, a theme throughout menswear which we’re loving this season.

J.W Anderson AW12 (photos:


J.W Anderson AW12 (photos:


“I keep asking myself, does menswear exist anymore?” said Anderson in typically rhetorical form backstage. “Everything seems so sartorial nowadays. Menswear is dry. It needs a certain awkwardness about it.” Anderson seemed like just the right candidate to shake things up a little. His gender bending designs steered far away from any sartorial references and instead injected quilted skirts over leather flares. Potentially not every man’s dream wardrobe staple and not a new concept for Anderson. Yet it was his knitwear pieces with their rope detail embellishment which proved most wearable this season. You wouldn’t have to be a typical Anderson man to pull off one of these statement items.

J.W Anderson AW12 (photo

Inspired by the idea of bad taste and good taste he certainly left his collection open to criticism.  His man was futuristic, moody and isolated. Yet Anderson, true to form, struck a confident and rebellious collection. Who doesn’t love a rebel?

Post lifted from Fashion Editor at Large