J.W. Anderson's paisley-fuelled knitwear for AW11 had the style set swooning, so it was no surprise that at his SS11 presentation earlier today, everyone from British Vogue's newly appointed Fashion Editor Fran Burns who looked amazing dressed head-to-toe in Anderson to the International Herald Tribune's renowned Suzy Menkes were there to show their support.
As we filed into the Portico rooms at Somerset House, you could feel anticipation in the air, and from the rush of people heading backstage after Anderson's show, we certainly weren't the only ones who were won over by his vision for spring.
For SS12, Anderson stuck to the girl-meets-boy theme that's so fitting for a menswear designer who only recently turned his hand to womenswear. Describing his girl for spring as "a school-girl raised by nuns, finally escaping the convent – still a girl but not so innocent perhaps," we knew this would be a collection fuelled by contradictions.
The first few looks set the tone perfectly. Stripped back matching tees and bottoms in pink and white stripe shirting may have had naive school-girl connotations, but the perforated leather which edged the necklines added a sinister touch. In fact, much of this collection was defined by Anderson's unexpected mix of fabrics. We can't say we've ever seen angelic swan-like feathers contrasted with raffia before, or mohair teamed with shimmering crystals.
While this collection may have had quite a sporty, technical feel, it was underpinned by Anderson's obsession with craft. His use of artisanal techniques were juxtaposed with technological feats to stunning effect. Inspired by the American artist, Robert Rauschenburg, nothing was quite as it first seemed. In every look, there was a collage of fabrics and technique.
As a designer, Anderson may be more concerned with texture over print but at this show, his magnified patterns shown towards the end had our pulses racing. We could see ourselves wearing one of his printed button-up shirts teamed with his school-girl esque pleated skirts. You?