Eighties, Eastern Bloc glamour seemed to define J.W. Anderson's distinctly New Wave collection, with printed velvets and angular accessories presenting nostalgia for a decade that fashion often forgets. AnOther spoke with Benjamin Bruno, Jonathan's long-term collaborator and show stylist, to ask about the collection – alongside some of Chris Rhodes' brilliantly atmospheric backstage images for AnOther.
What inspired the styling behind the collection?
I design with Jonathan, so the styling needs to disrupt what we thought was relevant at first and make it even more relevant.
How does the collaborative process between the two of you work?
It’s instinctive. By the time the collection is designed I’ve forced myself to reject it. Just to like it better and tweak it in a nitty-gritty way.
What have been your favourite projects together?
I like all of them for different reasons. But in order to go forward you need to dismantle what you’ve liked in the past and try to figure out what today is about.
Did the show have any particular message or inspiration?
No, just a belief in a look, a belief in a fashion architecture, a belief in a customer, a belief in an art.