With London Collections: Men in full swing, we looked to avant-garde designer and Loewe creative director J.W. Anderson's Spring/Summer 2016 presentation, that cited boyhood adventure as inspiration.
Designer and Loewe creative director J.W. Anderson presented his Spring/Summer 2016 offerings at London Collections: Men to a crammed audience of industry insiders. Considered by many to be a pioneer of the androgynous aesthetic that is making waves in the fashion scene currently, Anderson took a sharp left turn and instead showcased a playful line that looked to childhood adventure for inspiration.
Perhaps in response to the pressures of running two brands at once, but Anderson claimed he was trying to slow down, changing the tempo to create a line that was "something a little more childlike, a little more naive, to cleanse the palate."
Bold prints harked to Russian constructivist art and classic album covers, and many of Anderson's pieces sported jangling keys and tools (inspired by the thought of an imaginary, boyish secret society) in combination with his signature gender-vague motifs that saw midriffs and shoulders exposed by boxy cuts.
Elsewhere, a line of wedged, clunky shoes and billowing fishermen's trousers furthered the whimsical spirit of adventure and experimentation, cementing Anderson as a designer who is unafraid to play, toy with or, in some cases, completely discard notions of what menswear should and should not look like.
Photography: Adam Katz Sinding for Highsnobiety