Jonathan Anderson is undoubtedly one for the future, as the young British designer continues to impress in his early states of his career. Bringing together vibrant shades, strong patterns to put together a strong contrast and at times bringing in a number of elements to complete a distinctive aesthetic. Entitled “Craft Goes Machine”, the collection pays homage to 70’s Krautrock band, and its Anderson’s interpretation that incorporates large-scale industrial production.
Here is a look at the J.W. Anderson Spring/Summer 2012 Collection thanks to oki-ni, along with a short interview with the designer.
Hi Jonathan. ‘Craft Goes Machine’. Explain?
It’s about extreme craft and extreme machine work on materials, we developed everything in the collection… the fabrics, everything.
We saw an interesting video on your blog about the abstracted paisley print – a nice continuation
of the paisley theme from last season. Is that what you were thinking?
Yeah, so we abstracted it into something more graphical and it was silk screen printed.
You’re big on English production. When we think of English production we think of old women
knitting in a cottage, but this collection is very much the other way?
I like the two extremes. I like when something is so traditional that it’s ridiculous and something that is so mechanical that it’s a nightmare to make. I love the two extremities.
We read a quote from you the other day that said you like the idea of five different ideas meeting
in one garment. Is that an accurate description of your design process?
Yeah, I like as many ideas as I can squeeze in. I like the idea of three garments in one and really creating a hybrid of things together. It’s about mixing up the textures, for me. We’re always about pushing something.
With that sort of eclectic approach, was there anything this season that you couldn’t do,
We did everything we wanted to, even though I’m exhausted now. But we got everything: laser-cut leather, chainmail, we crocheted four thousand hexagons. Kids [interns] are killing themselves but it’s fine now.
We loved the Porter bags. How did that collaboration come about?
They approached us and offered to do exactly what we wanted. They’re great but they won’t come cheap!