Monsoon season has started in Singapore and most days leave you hankering for the bed. The perfect range to get you kitted out for the dreary weather might be found in JW Anderson’s whimsical Fall/Winter 2021 collection for Uniqlo, which takes inspiration from the classic English author Beatrix Potter.
Potter’s most famous creation is of course The Tale of Peter Rabbit and here, the coney (and his cousin Benjamin Bunny) are printed across comfy sweatshirts and T-shirts.
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There are plenty of English countryside tropes (yes, tartans included) in this relatively compact collection (there are 10 clothing items each for women and men), while new item categories include sleepwear and home accessories, such as cushions and blankets.
Ahead, Jonathan Anderson on his inspiration for this collection, reason for collaborating with Peter Rabbit and more.
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What were your inspirations for this collection?
For me, this collection was really about embracing the season. I wanted something that felt very autumnal in a way, and that also felt quite like autumn in the British countryside. I wanted it to feel comfortable and worn—almost cosy, in a way.
Also, at JW Anderson we have visited the idea of sport or varsity in a few collections. My father was a rugby player and a coach. My brother played rugby as well. I think the idea of sport is a part of my family and I liked including that spirit in this collection.
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Tell us about the colour palette.
I liked the idea of mixing colour and pattern. The tartan mixed with the warm colour palette makes it feel like autumn, I think.
What’s the story behind collaborating with Peter Rabbit?
The Beatrix Potter books were the first ones I had as a child. I think they’re very much a part of British culture. She was a real pioneer in storytelling, and today the stories have become iconic.
What do you love most about LifeWear?
When I think of LifeWear, I think of something that can be reused and reused as it comes in and out of fashion. And I think of clothing that can be stylish and comfortable at the same time—so essentially, clothing that is easy to wear in one’s everyday life.
The JW Anderson x Uniqlo Fall/Winter 2021 collection launches on 10 December, with the full line-up out on 20 December. It will be available at Uniqlo’s Orchard Central flagship and Ion Orchard stores as well as online.