Channelling the whole East London vibe on Saturday night was iconic British Highstreet store, Topshop’s launch of their Autumn/Winter 2012 collaboration with Irish designer JW Anderson. Held at Artspace @ Helutrans in Tanjong Pagar District Park, the art storage facility and event space was turned into a chic warehouse party. Décor was minimal, with strategically placed neon Topshop logos in the glossy white space referencing Tracey Emin and wooden crates, emblazoned with the Topshop x J W Anderson logos, cleverly serving as tables.
Having graduated from London College of Fashion, Jonathan William Anderson, initially started his label with menswear, and only recently branched into womenswear with a capsule collection in 2010, which later expanded to a full range of women’s clothing. The Topshop x JW Anderson collection is described as “school girl chic meets punk meets American high school preppy” and borrows signature elements from his mainline such as: colour blocking with prints and the mixing of different textiles in a single garment. Inspired by the supermarket, you clearly see the idea of a “patchwork of different things” and a lovely combination of “wrong things with right, good with bad” surfacing in this collection. One of the feature pieces from the collaboration is a maroon and white wool-leatherette-mix varsity jacket – the varsity jacket as A/W must-have has been confirmed by numerous sightings of style-icons and editors outside the Spring/Summer 2013 fashion shows draping them nonchalantly over their shoulders. Although, the collection has been marketed mainly toward women, due to Anderson’s own menswear design background, a lot of the pieces are very unisex in nature making it male-friendly as well.
Being a collection for the colder months of the year, one might stare at the garments wondering how to rock a quilted jumper with a paisley print in 35°C weather. Pick one of two options: suck it up, because it’s fashion, baby. Or take a cue from Alicia ‘Tigs’ Huertas, lead singer of the British dance-pop band Chew Lips, and just take that top off to finish the second half of your set in nothing but a bra and zebra-print pants (the latter is available from the collection…not quite sure about the bra). Being a relatively new group, Chew Lips performed some tracks from their self-released and much-lauded album Unicorn, as well as both songs from their latest EP, Hurricane. Their energy was great amidst the stifling heat, but bad acoustics in the venue made it difficult to appreciate their sound and the crowd barely seemed to get into the music.
Perhaps the crowd were much happier at the open bar, downing ice-cold Belvedere cocktails and munching on the English-inspired canapés of mini red velvet cupcakes and what appeared to be bite-sized portions of fish and chips served in adorable paper cones. This was a party to see and be seen at with the designer, Jonathan Anderson himself, rubbing shoulders alongside local celebrities such as Denise Keller, Rosalyn Lee and Patricia Mok who were weaving through the local fashion set made up of the likes of Nylon Singapore editor, Adele Chan and model-blogger-DJ Linda Hao, who was also there to scratch the decks as part of Twoface. Watch the video produced by f3 to see what you missed.
If JW Anderson designed his collection to be accessible, but with a little patchwork madness thrown in, I think Topshop managed to throw a party to match it perfectly.
The Topshop x JW Anderson A/W collection 2012 is available to shop at Topshop Knightsbridge and Topshop ION on the 30th September 2012 from 1300hrs onwards. A second collection will launch in early 2013.