Boob tubes, skirts and ruffled leather boots – we go behind the scenes at JW Anderson, where the line between the sexes got queered up.
JW Anderson once announced that he “hates dresses”, but for his Mathematics of Love collection, he went straight to the flipside and presented us with boys in mini-dresses, boob tubes and over-the-knee patent leather ruffled boots.
Embracing femininity for the male form (and we’re not talking Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen’s floral shirts), Anderson’s collection is strictly adults only. It’s night-time sexy, with exposed décolletages, nipped in knits and black patent leather gloves. His show notes stated it was an “examination of bourgeois kinkiness and boudoir perversity” and with ultra-slick, Christopher Isherwood hair and thigh-exposing shorts, these boys wouldn’t have looked out of place bent over Liza Minnelli’s lap in Cabaret.
But you can always trust Anderson to present us with stuff we want to buy too; his woollen jumpers with compass-drawn circles are deliciously wearable, as were the royal blue and grey pinstripe coats – at least there was something in the collection that might actually keep us warm next autumn.
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Words: Esme Anderson
Images: Mark Rabadan