Saturday, 21 February 2009

J.W. Anderson Spring/Summer 2009 - An Eye For An Eye

J.W. Anderson Spring/Summer 2009 - An Eye For an Eye..

The Clothes..

Out of all the fashion capitals, London has always had a reputation as being the go-to destination for scouting the hottest design talent. With rising stars such as menswear designer J.W. Anderson - it's easy to see why. His Spring/Summer 2009 collection, entitled An Eye For An Eye, was truly a breath of fresh air. His keen eye for colour, texture and form was realised in a truly accomplished (and shock horror) WEARABLE collection. With rich, painterly colours straight out of a Renaissance masterpiece, he cited the work of Diego Velasquez, Raphael and Guido Reni as inspirations. Drawing heavily on mythical characters and iconic representations of religion, Anderson accessorised his models with perspex cross pendants, alongside acorns - historically believed to give the wearer eternal life. Manufactured exclusively in the UK, the garments themselves were as strong individually as they were when combined in outfits. Key pieces included delightfully naive unfitted, short-cut shirts, cropped jackets and Oxford bag trousers - all a subtle nod to Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited. Racer-back vests and tailored shorts added a city-cool, sportif feel to the collection, tempering the Folk elements. His intricately embroidered "Lion Head" trousers, red fringed "Ambulance Scarf" and "Eye For An Eye" webbing belt are bound to become collector's items. With modern menswear dominated by tailoring, it's Anderson's knits that truly set him apart from his peers. Loose and luxurious short-sleeved Arran knit cardigans and chunky knit shawls softened the clean, structured lines of the tailored pieces to beautiful effect.

The Hair..

Tracey Cahoon created the hair looks for the show, which she described as "preppy, outdoorsy and slightly messy". To get the look, she suggests using label.m Dry Shampoo and Sea Salt Spray followed by a quick blast with a hairdryer to build up texture.

label.m Dry Shampoo £9.50
label.m Sea Salt Spray £10.95

The Make-up..

Andrew Gallimore was responsible for the make-up looks, which continued the "outdoorsy" theme. He described the look as "appearing as if you've spent the day outside on a Summer's day". He suggests applying MAC Studio Tech Foundation lightly to the parts of the face the sun would naturally tan - such as the forehead and cheeks. He recommends going two shades darker than your natural skin tone - he used MAC Studio Tech Foundation in NC45 (a tan shade) on the models. MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl was blended in a "C" shape from temples to cheekbones to highlight and create a sculpted effect. It was also applied to the cupid's bow to create the illusion of fuller lips. The strong "Boy Brow" reigned supreme. To get the look he suggests grooming brows with MAC Fibre Rich Lash Mascara in Chocolate Brown and fixing with a light application of MAC Lip Glass in Clear.

MAC Studio Tech Foundation in NC45 £21.53
MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl £11.74
MAC Fibre Rich Lash Mascara in Chocolate Brown £10.77
MAC Lip Glass in Clear £9.30

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