Shown in The Townhouse, the opulent Upper East Side watering spot of the well-healed set, Fashion veteran, Frederick Anderson presented his sophomore collection “African American” as a continuation of sorts of his debut collection entitled “Black Like Me”. His line notes specifically pointed out that the collections are named to point out how so many labels are simply outdated, both in society & fashion alike. A courageous commentary for sure, but one with which we fully agree!
Anderson blurred not only the societal labels of the moment, but also the very categories of clothing design. He blended sportswear & athletic wear, daywear & evening wear, even what we consider modern versus vintage, to create a collection that definitely evoked the past on first glance, but when viewed on closer inspection, was fully in the fashion moment. The balance of the collection was Black, but there was a strong dose of Red used in various shades. Anderson states that the Red was used throughout to embrace the spirit of vitality, wealth & aggression of the continent of Africa, where he has recently been traveling.
Silhouettes of note were the lace tank tops & blouses, as well as the jogger pants that were updated in a sheer rib fabric that evoked a feeling of pinstripe suiting, even further blurring the lines between dress & casual. A shirtdress was given an update by dropping the traditional sleeves & normally casual bombers were elevated nearly to the level of formal through cool styling & exemplary fabrication. There were a fair number of separates that can be harvested from this collection, which is a true statement to the skill set of the designer in question. Most notable were the blouses in a variety of fabrications, especially those with the exaggerated trumpet sleeves which would give a serious punch of interest to even the most conventional of wardrobes in need of a refresh. The true crescendo was reached however with the gold lame pleated dress that looked like it was fresh off stage at a Diana Ross concert or the back room at “Studio”. The inspiration was from the past, but this piece sounded the final note that this collection belongs in the present.
Anderson set out to question labels from the get go, but the main question this observer was left asking was, where can we buy this label. This is one label that needs to be standard!
-R. Scott French
Designer Website: www.frederickandersoncollection.com
Publicity Contact: Deborah Hughes