The name of J.W. Anderson, short for John William Anderson, hasn’t left the tip of the industry’s tongue since Browns bought his namesake line of menswear in 2008. Discovering that it was women buying the collection, the young designer has been producing womenswear ever since.  

It is not surprising that the designer continues to remain the talk of the town after receiving the Emerging Talent Award for his ready-to-wear collections at the 2012 British Fashion Awards. Fashionistas rejoice, for his Spring Summer 2013 line has arrived in Singapore, available at style emporium Club 21.


This season, the young Irish fashion designer took a break from his signature androgynous style. He has infused more girly elements into his play on the masculine/feminine theme, with oversized frills on shorts or asymmetrically down the hems of long tops reminiscent of the Jazz Age.

The above-the-knee hems and waists of dresses dropped to the hipline remind you of the flapper styles of the 1920s. Even the frilly clutches seem to allude to women’s fashion of that period.

Anderson has, however, not entirely eschewed his trademark blend of androgyny; he freshened things up in the collection for SS13 with an athletic cut on lightweight dresses and a consistent skirt-over-pants look. There’s no need to fret over matching two separate pieces anymore with Anderson’s pants with outer-skirt flap, it has already been done for you.

The tops feature prints and patterns on cotton, complete with flaps, and are versatile enough to match skirts, shorts or pants. This collection is definitely a good place to dip your toes into first, and then perhaps dive, into androgynous, retro, high fashion.

J.W. Anderson Spring Summer 2013 is available from Club 21b, 01-07 Forum The Shopping Mall, Tel: 6304 1459. For more information about J. W. Anderson, go to; follow the brand on Facebook at and on Twitter at @JW_ANDERSON