Leave it to JW Anderson to greet guests like Naomi Campbell and Anna Wintour with a giant penis on a Sunday morning.
But, it’s nothing they (probably) haven’t seen before — the same hard-on plastered on the walls upon arriving at JW Anderson’s Fall/Winter 2023 womeswear presentation is indeed the same graphic presented on the show invites.
Condolences to the invitees who keep being reminded of “him” (whoever that person may be for the respective individuals).
Glittery fingers and a reimagined “Enjoy Coca-Cola” logo (JW Anderson’s reads “Enjoy God’s disco) also comprised the set design, materializing as graphics for the collection’s t-shirts in the same breath. And yes, there’s a phallus tee, too.
Now, fans have something to go with their JWA coin purse.
Unconventional fluffy pieces with pockets, Tesco plastic bag ‘fits, animal paw mules, ponchos with tentacles, and suits with exaggerated proportions delivered the cool weirdness we look forward to from JW Anderson.
While classics like the famed Bumper bag hit the catwalk, the label’s fresh-off-the-runway frog clutch got some fresh air at the show today.
JWA FW23 show also debuted a collaboration with British dancer-slash-artist Michael Clark. Jonathan Anderson — who is fresh off dressing Rihanna for the Super Bowl — worked closely with the Clark for the collection, marrying their archives for playful designs rooted in fandom.
It’s worth pointing out that Clark served as a major influence to the designer and British culture, per Anderson.
“Fandom is a funny thing: completely personal, frequently irrational, often embarrassing,” Anderson wrote in a post-show Instagram caption.
“As I looked back through my own archive for this show, resurrecting elements from each collection of the last fifteen years, Michael let me rifle through his. It helped me pinpoint my own obsessions.”
Deconstructed sweaters with sparkly ends, simple tanks, and handbags featured bright green “Michael Clark” prints. On the other hand, a yellow jumpsuit toted an upside smiley face, nodding to Clark’s signature motif.
In addition to supplying its usual unusualness, JW Anderson FW23 was sort of Anderson’s way of stanning his fave simultaneously.
With stiffies and homages, JW Anderson bids us a happy Sunday.