Frederick Anderson’s SS21 collection takes the chaos of the world at large and ushers in a collection that is both beautiful and forward-thinking. The designer’s use of retro materials and styles, paired with the message of empowerment and striking beauty of the models, rocks the runway with an optimistic message as we look forward to 2021: eternal optimism and forward thinking will always come out on top.
Anderson began by taking silhouettes from the late sixties and early seventies and revamping them into modern day dream looks. Lace and tweed dresses, chiffon blouses, alpaca, hand-crocheted cardigans, and bell-sleeved beauties strutted the catwalk in vintage style. The attention to detail and striking asymmetry of the pieces catches the eye, and each model is layered with crocheted tops and tweed jackets that scream modern-day, progressive Jackie-O. Many looks feature thigh-high suede boots and monochrome cream pallets, with the intricacies of the hand-crafted knit patterns shining through as the main star.
Pops of color like lime green and yellow litter the collection, drawing attention to fashion statements like the flowing lace bell sleeves of Anderson’s dresses. As the collection draws to a close, the designer sends metallic lace, organza tunics, and sequins down the catwalk. Delicate mini dresses hand-sewn with individual sequins reflect light in every direction, and the glamour of the sixties is reflected in the model’s fresh skin and minimal makeup. The last show stoppers are a sequin, floor-length lace gown and a crinkled metallic chiffon gown – looks that speak to the power inside each and every woman in today’s modern world.
Despite the hardships of 2020, Anderson’s goal to bring breathtaking beauty and feminine confidence to the stage was a success. His collection, conceived in a time of instability and the unknown, especially for the state of fashion, merges the best of the past and the best of the present to help us all look forward to a brighter future.