LONDON— You might expect Jonathan Anderson to be a little distracted lately. After all, he took over the big role at Loewe back in September (after receiving a big injection of funding from LVMH) and recently told Business of Fashion about the ambitious, long-term plans he’s implementing for his own label. Today, on the same morning as his spring-summer 2015 menswear show in London, he launched the first J.W. Anderson e-commerce site — a sleek, clean affair that includes not only his celebrated menswear and womenswear lines but also a jewelry section full of imposing Art Deco–inspired cuffs.
Rather than causing added chaos, the exponential growth of Anderson’s business and career seems to have done exactly what it should have; it’s formed a launch pad for him to do bigger and better things. His collection this morning felt as though it had taken a leap forward since his last menswear show in January. When he sprinted out for a bow at the end of the show, he even looked different. Three months short of his 30th birthday, the designer has lost his boyish look and suddenly looks like a man who knows exactly what he’s doing.
The show was held at Anderson's usual venue — an Army Reserve Centre in central London — but while in previous seasons it felt utilitarian, this season it had been given an uncharacteristically luxe makeover with plush pink carpet and pale-pink benches. The collection began with a series of short-sleeved, boat-necked intarsia sweaters covered with knitted landscapes. They were modeled on real countryside — British editor Melanie Rickey tweeted that she recognized one as Cuckmere Haven in East Sussex. It was a commercially friendly access point for the collection — from the opening moments, there was a sense that the audience was mentally compiling shopping lists.
There followed a whole lot of stripes: pinstripe tunics layered over trousers in a confident reimagining of businesswear, and silk pajamas in loud, diagonal stripes — a little like something you’d have worn to Studio 54. Every blouse included its own oversize scarf in matching silk.
There were also shrunken, knitted vests; blazers with cutouts at the back, and off-the-shoulder sweaters. But Anderson used his clever eye for marrying the avant-garde with the accessible — for the less adventurous, there were beautiful trousers, easy jackets, and sporty button-down sweaters.
In recent seasons, Anderson has become one of the industry's favorite Ones to Watch, and with that must come incredible pressure to deliver. Judging by the successes of 2014 so far, he’s taking it all in stride.BEGIN SLIDESHOW
Most Viewed Stories
Report: Donald and Melania Trump Don’t Sleep in the Same Bed
Former Thinx Employee Accuses Miki Agrawal of Sexual Harassment
Am I Finally Done With White Guys?
Ask Polly: Why Does My Terrible Ex Get to Be So Happy?
Why Millennial Pink Refuses to Go Away
Ashley Olsen Reportedly Broke Up With Her 58-Year-Old Boyfriend
The Most Popular Men’s Pants Right Now Cost $40
So, Ivanka Trump Has Reportedly Hired a Hollywood Stylist
When Ivanka Trump Was a Cool Teen, She Reportedly Went ‘Missing’ in Aspen
Anna Wintour’s Daughter Got Engaged to Franca Sozzani’s Son
The Cut’s Latest Fashion FeaturesCiara's Wedding Dress Was Too Big for the Chapel
To be fair, it was a 13 foot-long dress.You and Rihanna Will Both Want to Invest in Dior’s New Bag
It's got something for everyone.Polo Shirts Have Turned Their Back on Ryan Lochte
Along with his other major sponsors.Ryan Lochte Will No Longer Be Paid to Wear Tiny Bathing Suits
Speedo remains committed to transparency.Laura Brown Is the New Editor-in-Chief of InStyle
After 11 years at Harper’s Bazaar.Tyra Banks Is Going to Teach a Class on Smizing at Stanford
"If I see somebody not paying attention, I’m gonna call on them."This Floating Pier Is the Most Zen Installation Ever
Walking on water in Italy.Nation Is Appalled by Matt Lauer’s Nude Ankles During Ryan Lochte Interview
What’s the opposite of “Jeah”?8 People at the Life of Pablo Pop-up Explain Why Kanye West Is a God
"I mean, Kanye West is just Kanye West. There's not more or less you can say about Kanye West. He's just Mr. West!"A T-shirt Is Enough
Simplicity, versatility, and cool. What more could you want?
She took a perfect pencil dive off a 30-foot yacht.American Apparel Is Being Sued by Former Workers
As the company considers putting itself up for sale.A Gendered History of the Tailored Suit
From Marlon Brando to Coco Chanel.How Zendaya Developed Such Great Style at the Young Age of 19
The star's best looks from Disney to now.Proof That If You’re Chic Enough, a Little Federal Investigation Doesn’t Matter
Is this the best they could do?5,300-Year-Old Mummified Iceman Probably Would’ve Been a Street-Style Star
He had several different looks and was “pretty picky.”J.Crew Has Identified 226 Shades of Pink
Even more than there are shades of gray.Gigi and Bella Hadid Merch Is Now Somehow a Thing That Is Happening
Today in Hadidiana.Gird Your Loins for the Return of Yeezy to New York Fashion Week
The season approaches.This Indie Brand Had a Great Response to Ivanka Trump
When she bought one of their cuffs, they donated the proceeds to the Clinton campaign.