Who Were the Masked Guests in JW Anderson's Front Row?

Who Were the Masked Guests in JW Anderson's Front Row?

At the venue for Jonathan Anderson's Fall 2020 men's show in Paris, rows of black and white chairs featured a mix of industry guests and seated mannequins, the latter of which appear ominously in the background of the brand's runway shots. Each of them wore a mask depicting the late French poet Arthur Rimbaud, which were recreated by artist David Wojnarowicz.

They also each wore sweaters with images of burning houses, another series of artworks by Wojnarowicz. (These went on sale right after the show to support VisualAIDS, a contemporary arts organization that raises awareness and supports HIV+ artists.)

"I've always been very inspired by his work," Anderson said of Wojnarowicz. "It could be very dark, but I think there was still some optimism there. He had a political voice but not just for the sake of it." Here's everything else you need to know about the collection.

Chain Reaction

A carryover from previous collections, double-faced wool oats came rendered with heavy gold chain accents in the middle.

Frilly Peplums

Tops and knits featured wavy peplums that frilled and flounced while the shirts clung to the body.

Pretty in Paisley

Colorful paisley patterns were blown up and printed on everything from coats and dresses to scarves.

Exploding Outerwear

Triangular and handkerchief-cut hems on oversized coats and scarves were another recurring theme.


Black loafer mules came with oversized chain link details, while tote bags featured the brand's signature anchor motif. The cap bags came in a new miniature size and a variety of colors.

Photos courtesy of JW Anderson


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