JW Anderson offers nomadic chic for his Spring / Summer 2020 collection full of shiny details. Crystal adornments can be seen on belts, bibs, flat sandals, cut-outs of the long dresses with soft draping, metallic hoods, and trenches. For the first time, there was the impression that Jonathan Anderson wanted to accentuate feminine sensuality. However, the designer himself denied the possible intention: "There is no sub-message. On one of the bibs, we can see the iconography of a daisy, but it is nothing more than that. Sometimes we should just let ourselves be amused by what we see, savoring the experience." The designer explains that the collection has references to the works of the artist Liz Magor. She focuses entirely on the art of looking, the experience of seeing objects and how we perceive them: toys, memorabilia, fabrics, jewellery, and more. The installation of the show resembles Blowout, Magor's exhibition seen by JW at Harvard. In the exhibition, she investigates the relationship we have with objects we dispose of and those that are valuable to us. The new collection also features many volumetric pieces, tailored jackets, and trouser suits with stone decorations or made in monochrome gold.
The daywear collection includes a series of fringed knit dresses and one-shoulder or shirt-dresses with embossed sleeves in micro-floral prints. Finally, new bag designs were introduced, including a new bucket bag with a shoulder strap and an interpretation of the Cap Bag. Contrasts between opposites and finding the balance of style is what has always fascinated JW Anderson and his audience as well.