Bold and prone to experimentation, British fashion designer Jonathan Anderson proved his worth on Saturday with an eye-popping catwalk show at London Fashion Week featuring time-travelling creations.
The models had almost androgynous looks and the designs were sparse in colour. The dresses contained patterns using the infinity-inspired designs of US sculptor Richard Zawitz. Some also appeared to go back in time, with 19th century style puffy sleeves on the upper arms.
Anderson, who was showing off the spring-summer 2016 collection for his own label J.W. Anderson, is also creative director at the Spanish accessories maker Loewe, owned by French luxury giant Loewe.Aged just 31, he is considered hugely influential. "Brands need to move at the speed the world does, and today that is fast," he told the Guardian newspaper in an interview ahead of the show. "The minute you can be predicted, as a brand, you've got a problem," he said.
The young Irish designer Simone Rocha offered a more sober collection featuring short dresses in blacks and beiges with an elegant and modern look. Fashionistas awaited the Versus Versace show later on Saturday, which will be followed by Vivienne Westwood Red Label on Sunday and Burberry Prorsum on Monday.
In its 62nd year, London Fashion Week has left behind the luxury of Somerset House and has taken up residence in an Art Deco multi-storey car park in the heart of London's once-seedy Soho district. (AFP)