Find out what the designer has to say about the “comfortable but chic” pieces, plus what he’s optimistic about now.
Just in time for the dipping temperatures comes the latest offering from the ongoing collaboration between designer Jonathan Anderson and Uniqlo, full of pieces inspired by “a day in London”. Infused with Fall wardrobe classics like duffle coats, shirt dresses, lambswool and cashmere sweaters and a host of cozy unisex accessories, the variety also boasts a selection for kids. We caught up with the progressive designer to find out more about the collection’s fabrics, his favourite look, and what he’s listening to now.
Why are collaborations so important for a designer’s creativity?
I think collaborations are interesting because it’s about changing your point of view and working with new teams. With Uniqlo, it’s always interesting to see how we can translate the codes of JW Anderson into their LifeWear concept. It’s challenging sometimes, but in the end I think that inspires creativity.
What’s your favourite piece from the new collection?
Personally, I really love the striped hoodie jumpers. There’s something so comforting about a jumper with a hood.
Are there any fabrications used in this collection that you’re particularly excited about?
I’m really excited about the two-tone cashmere jumpers. It’s something we did ages ago at JW Anderson and it’s exciting to see them back again in the collaboration.
Why was “A Day in London” your source of inspiration for the pieces?
The clothes in this season’s collection are really designed for an autumn day, and the design is inspired by kind of a weekend day out in London. Comfortable but still chic. Warm.
What’s your ideal day spent in London? And what are some things you must do each day to have a good one?
Lots of coffee is essential to a good day. And I like to be busy. I had kind of this fantasy during the lockdown in London of being able to visit all the museums and galleries when they were empty, so I guess maybe my ideal day is that.
How are you maintaining your creativity during COVID-19?
The way we work and how we commute and socialize has all changed for sure and it can be challenging, but I’ve never felt a lack of inspiration. I find I am inspired by the random things that surround me in life.
What are you optimistic about when it comes to the future of the fashion industry?
Fashion evolving and finding new ways of communicating new design and new designers. I think it’s a period of change and I am optimistic about that.
Have you picked up any new skills or nurtured any hobbies during this time?
I’ve gotten quite good at Zoom.
What’s on your playlist right now?
Pursuit of Happiness by Kid Cudi.
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