Tuesday, 5 October 2010

rebel with a cause

Designers can teach actors a lot and vice versa but when it comes 
to J.W. Anderson it's really hard to tell who teaches who.
The talented Irish-born designer, one of the young rebels of current
British fashion, first wanted to engage himself in acting, moved to
the States to study drama at The Actor's Studio where he discovered
out of the blue a piercing love for stage costumes.

He soon moved back to London where he took a degree in menswear
at London College of Fashion. His own label made its debut in 2007
at LFW presenting menswear and accessories with a dramatic 
aesthetics inspired by his love for mystical characters in history and
literature. Jonathan turned his hand to womenswear last season
creating his very first women's collection.

Anderson said he chose to launch womenswear after buyers told him
that women were buying his label's men's pieces: “we do the men's
first and then take the looks and fit them on to women” he said, 
“so we're doing two collections a season with a lot of hard work...”.
The collection, based on the idea of lovers borrowing each other's
clothes, shows a folksy taste with its chunky sweaters, chiffon skirts
and dip-dyed tops with lace appliqués.

all color photos by Ben Toms, styled by Robbie Spencer
Re-bel magazine in its second issue hosts an editorial dedicated
to the designer's AW 10-11 wo/men's collections styled by Dazed
& Confused menswear fashion editor Robbie Spencer with New
York based image maker Carlotta Manaigo all making common
cause with JW's young-spirited stylishness.

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