Frederick Anderson Fall 2024

Frederick Anderson’s time has come. Though he has been on the official calendar for New York Fashion Week (NYFW) for several seasons, Anderson’s fashion collections until this outing, had yet to achieve the potential that was just under the service of his brand’s design aesthetic.

Known for his intricate knitwear and crocheted dresses and separates, Anderson’s collections, though interesting and reflecting his penchant for a 1970s ladies-who-lunch aesthetic, at times lacked cohesiveness and a true direction. That cannot be said of his fall 2024 collection.

Inspired by his southern roots in Memphis, Tennessee and blues music, Anderson successfully married his design aesthetic with his inspiration. From the wispy diaphanous print dresses and skirts with leather bralettes to Anderson’s signature knitwear, Anderson evolved his brand beyond a fashion compendium on 1970s vintage garments to a collection that will appeal to a wider fashion demographic. And the flirty diaphanous print dresses with polka dots and flounces does evoke that honkytonk girl of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

There is something in this collection for everyone, except perhaps that customer who is not comfortable showing some skin. Still, there is much to choose from in fashion this outing, particularly if you are in the market for some separates. If there was one misstep in this collection, it was Anderson’s choice of black and blonde Vampira wigs. Sometimes the wigs work but were least effective on the models of color.

Standouts looks in the collection were Anderson’s hand-crochet sweater over leather trim lace and feather skirt, double face cashmere with leather trim coat, hand-crochet maxi dress, leather and fringe tweed bomber over crochet fringe dress and leather stretch pant, and micro sequin shirt gown.

Images courtesy of vogue.com

Now that Anderson appears to have moved beyond his 70s vintage ladies’ tea party aesthetic into a modern conversation of what his expanded demographic wants to wear, let’s see if he can keep up with his new customer. Fashion Reverie believes he can do it!!

William S. Gooch

 

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