“is there a prize for the stu­pid­est out­fit at men’s fash­ion Week in lon­don...? if so, one of these must be the Win­ner.”

Hong Kong Tatler - - Features -

So screamed a Daily Mail head­line the morn­ing af­ter JW An­der­son’s ground­break­ing spring/sum­mer 2013 menswear show—a col­lec­tion of tu­nics and lace trousers that has been cred­ited with pi­o­neer­ing the gen­der­less fash­ion that has since be­come wide­spread.

The morn­ing I meet Jonathan An­der­son in his stu­dio, a sun-lit three-storey con­verted ware­house in Dal­ston, East Lon­don, he apol­o­gises for be­ing qui­eter than usual; he has a rare hang­over from the night be­fore and is nurs­ing a large cup of cof­fee while we talk. But the mo­ment I men­tion the many Daily Mail ar­ti­cles de­voted to his work, he throws his head back and laughs. “Oh they hate me,” he says in his lilt­ing North­ern Ir­ish ac­cent. “I mean, they re­ally, re­ally hate me. I’m sure they said some­thing about me hu­mil­i­at­ing all my male mod­els with my girly clothes. And forc­ing re­spectable Bri­tish men to wear skirts. Won­der­ful stuff. Frankly, I was de­lighted— you know you’ve made it when the Daily Mail is rude about you.”

Ever since he ex­ploded into the fash­ion world in 2008 with his inau­gu­ral menswear col­lec­tion, An­der­son has worked long and hard to es­tab­lish him­self as a de­signer to be reck­oned with. He is known for his

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