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I'm more 'look than lock' says fashion man JW Anderson

HIS dad played lock for Ulster and his brother is forging a career as a back row for Connaught.

But 28-year-old fashion designer JW Anderson says unlike his dad Willie and brother TJ, a life on the pitch was never for him.

"No, no. I don't think I have the body or the build to be a rugby player," the Derry lad laughs.

JW is one of the hottest fashion designers in London. Alexa Chung and Pixie Geldof can't get enough of his threads; he's a firm favourite on the pages of Vogue magazine and last year he nabbed the Emerging Talent Award at the British Fashion Awards.

But Jonathon says his parents are big fans, adding: "My parents are big supporters. My mum has a wardrobe full of my clothes. Dad doesn't wear many of my designs, but he likes what I do."

Last year, he teamed up with high street giant Topshop to launch a diffusion line, to great aplomb with both the public and celebs including Daisy Lowe.

"I feel really proud when I see anybody wear my clothes," he says.

And now he's gearing up for the launch of his collaboration with Italian fashion powerhouse Versace.

"Versace is great. They're really creative and allow you to do what you want but with a Versace twist."

But JW says he'll never forget his roots. Speaking at the launch of Opel's new ADAM city car, for which he designed the decorative wrap, he said: "Where you're from is so important. The sights and sounds of Derry always influence what I do."