My favourite time of year is when the weather is giving up early hints at summer’s approach. When you get up early and the sun is only just beating you to it while the sweet breeze is balmy and maybe still a little temperamentally stormy. It is during these fleeting days when I breathe sigh of relief that winter is taking its last gasp and I am filled with anticipation at a long, lazy season ahead. The Spring Summer 09 collection from Anon. Women gives me the same calm sense of ease, of simple pleasures and of dressing for living.
Fitting then, that designer Ben Smith has chosen a palette inspired by summer skies to colour his latest range. From soft champagne at daybreak to the chocolate and dark blue that drench the sky after dark, the block colours cleverly complement each other while allowing the shapes of each design to shine.
My favourite pieces include the Pea Coat Dress which demonstrates its versatility by functioning as a relaxed coat when worn open, a wrap dress when closed or a statement top when tied up at the hip. Or any number of the varied silhouettes in the Anon. Women draped dress line which features everything from floor length gowns to tea length frocks, asymmetric necklines, off the shoulder numbers and open necks. Each design is based on just one piece of fabric artfully moulded around the body to accentuate favourite body parts and the skim the less desirable. Ben has sacrificed bulky linings and rigid structure in favour of lightness and loose tailoring that lend the collection a dreamy feel. Swoon.
Citing his dressmaker mother Josephine and grandmother as inspirations, Ben’s S/S 09 range is both modern yet timeless and celebratory of the female figure. No wonder Anon. Women is now experimenting with adapting some of the latest designs with brides in mind.
Words – Sarah Willcocks
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