Jonathan Anderson, the renowned designer, recently presented his JW Anderson Fall/Winter 2023 collection at the Roundhouse in Camden. The show was a moment of reflection for Anderson as he looked back at his archive and combined it with the iconic colors and images of one of his heroes, the pioneering dancer and choreographer Michael Clark.
Anderson’s passion for Clark’s work was evident in the show, as evidenced by the big green Pop Art penis on the show invitation and the giant Coca-Cola-style billboards that read “Enjoy God’s Disco. Is there nightlife after death?” in the middle of the venue.
Michael Clark, who was in attendance, was thrilled and honored that Anderson found his work inspirational. Anderson also looked back at his own archive, pulling designs and elements from each year since he started his business in 2008. Anderson stated that it was a liberating process and that it was nice to try to improve on old designs.
The collection was a reminder of Anderson’s commercially minded approach, as he has always positioned his signature label as a contemporary brand. The collection included dresses, corduroy styles, cozy sweaters, faux fur tops, and leather miniskirts. Clark’s colors and images appeared in the form of neon feather boas, silver sequins, and a sculptural hoodie with zipper details. The hoodie was utilitarian, elegant, and a nod to Clark’s hardworking nature.