There was Fashion in New York in September. It was different. One designer took advantage of NYFW to debut a collection I call “ Sophisticated Comfort” with the most intricate luxurious fabrics and beautiful tailoring. I was able to interview Frederick Anderson and hear some exclusive thoughts about his latest collection and fashion after COVID.
Tell me how you came up with the collection:
“My Spring 2021 collection was born of a time when we are all uncertain about our future and also the state of fashion. With Covid as a backdrop, we have seen the most racial upheaval since the late 60’s. This reminds us that “Hindsight is 2020” looking back at where we’ve been but hoping for a better year ahead in 2021. I started by taking silhouettes from the late sixties and early seventies and updating them as we need to be inspired but always modern and forward thinking. I continue with my signature tweeds and laces but this season added hand crochet knits to the mix. The collection is modern and sexy and designed for my confident forward thinking clients. Those who know me realize I am eternally optimistic and have design that spirit into my vision for 2021.”
We discussed how if we looked back at pictures of celebrities hanging out at Studio 54 or models like Twiggy and Marisa Berenson they could have worn the clothes then and now.
How were you able to prepare the collection and sell it?
“The current situation did not stop me from working. In fact, I think it helped me in some ways. In the past few months, customers who would have bought pieces in retail stores have reached out to me directly. Having these new relationships is great. Just today, I received within hours four phone calls for the white sweater. I am able to customize a look for a customer and I can create the look for people wherever they are.
Additionally, because of travel and safety restrictions, so many pieces that each piece is like a “one of a kind” because each piece was hand sewn. The experience brought back great memories of being mentored by Geoffrey Beene.”
The Frederick Anderson woman lives in the world and not in her home. She loves life and lives her life to the fullest. She writes her own rules in dressing and in life.” the world.
I asked Anderson his thoughts about the future of fashion.
“There will always be fashion. What will change is how the public purchases it. The fashion industry was in trouble before COVID. Retail will change, but fashion will live on.”
Frederick Anderson started his first company fresh out of FIT and after 20 successful years in the industry Frederick is finally working on his own singular vision of clothing, selling, and ultimately how he see’s women dressing and living today. His clothes have been seen on New York socialites and several Reality stars. He is proud to have his collection made in America.
Anderson can be reached through his website or on Instagram.