Find out what the designer has to say about the “comfy but chic” pieces and what he’s optimistic about now.
Just in time for the falling temperatures, the latest offering from the ongoing collaboration between designer Jonathan Anderson and Uniqlo comes full of pieces inspired by “a day in London”. With classics of the autumn wardrobe such as duffle coats, shirt dresses, lambswool and cashmere sweaters as well as a large number of cozy unisex accessories, the variety also offers a selection for children. We met with the progressive designer to find out more about the fabrics in the collection, his favorite look and what he’s listening to.
Why are collaborations so important for a designer’s creativity?
I think collaborations are interesting because it’s about changing your perspective and working with new teams. With Uniqlo it is always interesting to see how we can translate JW Anderson’s codes into their LifeWear concept. It’s a challenge at times, but in the end I think that inspires creativity.
What is your favorite piece from the new collection?
Personally, I really love the striped hoodie sweaters. There’s something so comforting about a hooded sweater.
Are there any inventions in this collection that you are particularly looking forward to?
I’m really looking forward to the two-tone cashmere sweaters. We did that a long time ago at JW Anderson and it’s exciting to see them working together again.
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 some kind of weekend day in London. Comfortable but still chic. Warm.
What is your ideal day in London? And what do you have to do every day to have a good one?
Plenty of coffee is essential for a good day. And I like to be busy. I had this fantasy during the London lockdown of being able to visit all the museums and galleries when they were empty so I think this is my ideal day.
How do you keep your creativity going during COVID-19?
The way we work and how we commute and socialize has certainly changed 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 do you think is optimistic when it comes to the future of the fashion industry?
Fashion is evolving and finding new ways to communicate new design and new designers. I think it is a time of change and I am optimistic.
Have you acquired new skills or pursued hobbies during this time?
I got pretty good at Zoom.
What’s on your playlist right now?
Pursuit of Happiness by Kid Cudi.
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