Sunday 19 November 2017

Irish designer JW Anderson scoops prestigious fashion award

The designer was presented with his award by Pixie Geldof
The designer was presented with his award by Pixie Geldof
Paul Galvin, pictured here with Alan Brogan, wore one of JW Anderson's t-shirts to the Oireachtas fashion show this week
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

HE’S already got the most stylish celebrities snapping up his signature designs.

So it comes as no great surprise to hear that Irish designer JW Anderson has bagged a prestigious Emerging Talent Award at the British Fashion Awards.

The Derry native picked up the gong at the glitzy ceremony in London's Savoy Hotel.

And it fell to one of his many famous admirers, Pixie Geldoff, to present him with the award.

“It was the most amazing night. Thank you Britain Fashion Awards – amazing,” JW said after taking home the gong.

Anderson (28) has a loyal celeb following. TV presenter Alexa Chung and model Daisy Lowe are big fans of his clothes.

Singer Rita Ora has also worn some of his designs on stage and DJ and model Leigh Lezark swears by his unique pieces.

Despite his young years, JW has already appeared in the pages of Vogue, Elle and The Times and is best known for his statement skirts and tops.

Not bad for someone who started out folding jumpers and stocking shelves while dreaming of becoming an actor.

Originally JW, aka Jonathan William, wanted to tread the boards.

But he realised that his passion was fashion, after taking an acting course in the States and spending more time looking as costumes than the action on stage.

Last year Anderson caused a stir when he sent pleated skirts and pink coats down the runway during his menswear show.

Anderson is the son of former Irish rugby star, Willie Anderson.

His dad picked up 27 caps for Ireland playing lock and JW said dad Willie was a “bit of a Maverick back in the day”.

While practically every style conscious celeb has filled her wardrobe with JW pieces, the designer said his dad is yet to wear one of the full length men's skirts that featured in his collection.

“But he has worn one of my Aran jumpers,” the designer said.

Anderson became a bit of a household name this year thanks to his uber successful collaboration with high street giant Topshop.

The range included lots of must-have pieces including quilted paisley skirts and varsity jumpers.

This week, celebrity stylist and football star Paul Galvin showed his support for JW when he wore one of the designer’s Topshop T-shirts to the Oireachtas charity fashion Show.

While others may have criticised him for wearing a girl's T-shirt to the high profile event, JW says he loves it when men wear women's clothing and vice versa.

“I feel women look better in a man's shirt and sometimes I find that men look so interesting in women's materials.”

That's definitely how we'd describe this look – interesting.

The designer is also set to collaborate with Versace's sister line Versus. The Italian fashion house recently revealed its plans to team up with young designers to develop capsule collections and JW is the first collaborator to be named.

The range will launch in New York next March and will be sold in top department sotres around the world.

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