Rumours fly but JW's bright future is certain
HE is only 29, but Irish boy JW Anderson can do no wrong in the world of fashion, where his rise has been rapid – and the front row at his London Fashion Week show underlined his star quality.
Before the packed show on Saturday, his audience was fixated on discussing the industry rumour that luxury brand LVMH, owners of Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Fendi, have the Irishman in their sights and are interested in investing in his company.
LMVH owns a 49pc share in Bono and Ali Hewson's Edun range and rumours swirled that the boy who worked in Brown Thomas is about to go seriously international before turning 30.
JW is commercially savvy and works with Donatella Versace at Versus and with Topshop, so his credentials are impeccable. And his genius for conceptual fashion was in no doubt after a thoroughly exhilarating show full of textural landscapes.
There was loads to love, from the asymmetric external knots and geometric shapes to smocked dresses, twisted jumpers and leather skirts with high-low hemlines.
JW seduced us with his take on the Japanese art of folding, and the chevron patterns on the floor matched the ones executed in pleated 3D leather.
This new collection is his most gender specific for years. This is the boy from Magherafelt who put girls in men's pyjamas and boys in kilts and who likes to see the sexes share wardrobe pieces.
As for his dad, former Irish rugby captain Willie Anderson, JW displays all of his talent for sidestepping on the field of play. After the show, the designer would not be drawn on the rumours of LMVH's interest in him, saying only: "Rumours are just rumours."