Find out what the designer has to say about “cozy but chic” pieces, and what he’s now optimistic about.
Just in time for the drop in temperatures comes the latest offering in the continuing 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 comfy unisex accessories, the variety also has a selection for kids. We caught up with the progressive designer to learn more about the fabrics in the collection, his favorite look and what he’s listening to now.
Why are collaborations so important to 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 JW Anderson’s codes into their LifeWear concept. It is sometimes difficult, but in the end I think it inspires creativity.
What is your favorite piece from the new collection?
Personally, I love striped hoodies. There is something so heartwarming about a hoodie.
Are there any fabrications used in this collection that you are particularly interested in?
I am really excited about the two-tone cashmere sweaters. This is something we did a long time ago at JW Anderson and it’s exciting to see them again in the collaboration.
Why was “A Day in London” your inspiration for the pieces?
The clothes in this season’s collection are really made for a fall day and the design is inspired by a sort of weekend in London. Comfortable but still chic. Hot.
What’s your ideal day in London? And what do you need to do each day to get a good one?
Lots of coffee is essential for a good day. And I like to be busy. I had a bit of that fantasy during the lockdown in London that I could visit all the museums and galleries when they were empty, so I guess my perfect day might be this one.
How do you maintain your creativity during COVID-19?
The way we work and how we move and socialize has changed for sure and it can be difficult, but I’ve never felt a lack of inspiration. I find that I am inspired by the random things that surround me in life.
What are you optimistic about regarding the future of the fashion industry?
Fashion evolves and finds new ways to communicate new design and new designers. I think this is a time of change and I am optimistic about it.
Did you learn any new skills or maintain any 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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