I have always liked J.W. Anderson's designs on the runway, but only recently have I begun to shop them seriously (even obsessively). The British designer has an extraordinary ability take something basic and a bit boring -- a ribbed turtleneck sweater, for example -- and, by cutting and repositioning its parts, refashion it into something new, inventive, elegant.
Such is the case with a long-sleeved, striped blouse Anderson showed with a matching midi skirt in his spring/summer 2014 runway collection. What looks like a simple seersucker top at first glance is in fact a striped stretch jersey fabric, which has been carefully redraped to twist across the collarbone and around the back. All of the draping on the top emphasizes the slimness of the wearer's waist, especially in profile, and its high neck gives it that final, ladylike -- almost late Edwardian -- feel.
It's several times more than I typically spend on a top -- maybe another reason why I can't help coveting it.
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