Style Eye On: J.W. Anderson

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He’s the young Northern Irish designer who picked up the awards for Best Womenswear Designer and Best Menswear Designer at the British Fashion Awards this week, the first time any designer has received both honours. We track Jonathan Anderson rise from aspiring actor to one of the fashion world’s biggest stars a mere seven years since his menswear collection debut.


Jonathan Anderson was born in 1984 and grew up in a small town called The Loup in Co. Derry. One of those ambitious types, the creative flair was strong with this one, and after absconding to Washington DC at the ripe old age of 18 to become an actor, he quickly realised his real passion was fashion, and enrolled in the London College of Fashion.

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JW Anderson Menswear 2008

After graduating with a degree in Menswear Design in 2005 he took up a position as a visual merchandiser at Prada, before launching his menswear line in 2008. Quickly hailed as one to watch, by 2011 he had begun designing womenswear, and in 2012 launched a collaboration with Topshop.

Topshop 2012
Topshop Collection 2012

Where the general public (and typical fashion haters on The Guardian Fashion Pages comment section) see Anderson’s vision as all that’s silly about fashion, in the industry he’s seen as a visionary, with his appointment as creative director at Loewe in 2013, and his latest awards to prove it. Although still beloved by fashion risk takers, his style has refined since taking on his role at luxury brand Loewe, showing a maturity and willingness to develop as an artist.

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Alexa wears Anderson

His collections remain avant garde, ambiguous and thoroughly modern. His vision for 2016 includes 80s throwbacks and intense volume – and that’s just for the men!

A step up from the traditional shell suit

He’s hopped on the ruffle train (see who else has here) regarding womenswear, along with similar volume and 80s leaning to the men.

JW Anderson S/S16

It’s obvious that the faint hearted need not subscribe to Anderson’s particular brand of fashion, but as far as I’m concerned if Solange is on board so am I.

Solange Knowles in a JW Anderson coat and bag

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