JW Anderson’s S/S 2012 collection - “Craft goes machine”, has wrenched him from the back seats of fashion week, into the front row. Having previously succeeded with his “modern day heritage” menswear lines, His spring collection is a positive twist on the previous chunky knits and masculine tailoring from fall 2011. His rural home - a farm in Northern Ireland, is part reason to Anderson’s use of traditional prints, stitches and shapes. This season’s collection exemplifies Anderson’s trademark of frequently mixing traditional craftsmanship with unique fabrics and materials. Using a traditional blanket stitch, conventional pyjama suits are juxtaposed with leather sleeves and collars. Similarly, the original button down cardigan is morphed into a flapper style dress with sleeves hanging from the hips. Having studied menswear at London College of Fashion, the interweaving of menswear and womanswear is instinctive for JW Anderson - as seen with his patchwork tops and baggy pleated trousers. The strongest piece from my perspective, (and the one I most want for myself) was the colour block angora jumpers. These almost “mesh-like” jumpers hit the summer trends head on whilst still encompassing Anderson’s anarchic ideas and conventional styles. I’m actually really looking forward to seeing his A/W 2012 collection this week and record his progression.