Last Friday, we got an exclusive group interview with Jonathan William Anderson to talk about his collaboration with Topshop this Fall 2012. Read about how we squander this amazing opportunity with our one and only question to the designer.
Who is JW Anderson?
Born in Northern Ireland, 27-year-old Jonathan William Anderson stumbled into stage costumes, then fashion, while training to be an actor. He enrolled himself into the London College of Fashion, studying Menswear, and launched JW Anderson in 2008.
Four years on and he lists celebrities like Alexa Chung, Kirsten Dunst, Anne Hathaway and Leigh Lezark as fans. Not forgetting, he’s amassed a cult following for his statement full looks and knitwear. Although he’s admitted to a distaste for designing dresses, that hasn’t stopped the British Fashion Council from nominating JW Anderson for Emerging Talent 2012.
Adding to the notches on his belt, JW Anderson now adds a collaboration with high-fashion mass retailer, Topshop, to his achievements.
About the Topshop x JW Anderson collaboration:
“I am very excited to collaborate with Topshop. It gives me the opportunity to reach a much wider audience with my designs. It has always been very important to me that my collections are made accessible to anyone interested in fashion and design.” – JW Anderson, in his interview with Telegraph UK
In our group interview, this tall and slim-built designer with casually tousled hair, wearing a T-shirt that resembled an Edward Monkton drawing, shared about his undying attraction to anything black and white, listing his collection favourites – The Bat Sweater and particularly, the V-Neck Sweater, because “a guy can wear it and a girl can wear it with nothing underneath. It’s branded and feels like The School of JW Anderson.”
Wottoncool: So If you did have your own JW Anderson school, what subjects would you have at this school?
“Ooh.. this could open up a rats nest!” is how he starts off.
I think to myself, ‘Have I opened Pandora’s Box?!’ (I was half expecting Magic and Wizardry to come out next…)
After pausing for a moment, JW Anderson (Jonathan) continues “Well definitely Geography, love Geography. I would probably have a music class where it would be everyone just puts their iPods and plays music all day. That’s what they do.”
Some of the interviewers, myself included, break out in smiles. I think I also hear someone chuckle.
Jonathan pauses again. At this point, Topshop UK’s Press Manager, Clare, chimed in “Art!”
Eyes lighting up, Jonathan continues, “Art obviously, print-making class”, he seems focused on the question.
In my mind I’m chanting ‘Magic! Magic! C’mon say Magic! hahahas’, and I’m not really sure why I want him to say that…
“I would definitely do things which encourage people to make things with their hands. I feel there’s not enough of that anymore. The internet is so amazing. We spend so much time on it that we don’t actually play with things and like engage with people, meet people. I think we meet people on a social level via the internet. But i feel like people need to get out there and make things with their hands.” Jonathan finishes.
He couldn’t have said it any better.
Topshop x J.W. Anderson is available at Topshop’s ION and Knightsbrigde outlets from 30 September 2012, 1pm.
Apparel prices range from $69 to $299. Make a note, they didn’t bring in the non-apparels like pencils, lollipops, pins, colour pencils, iPad cases and wrist slaps. ):
On a sidenote, following what JW Anderson said, I painted these Angry Birds (and Pig) pomelos (for Lantern Festival!!)