These days, it feels like there are more collaborations than there are solo collections in the fashion space, many of which don’t live up to the hype. That said, there are a few designer partnerships that have stood the test of time, one of which is Loewe and JW Anderson creative director Jonathan Anderson’s longtime collaboration with Japanese retailer Uniqlo, which launched in 2017. Often filled with upscale and style-forward takes on Uniqlo’s unbeatable basics, the biannual JW Anderson x Uniqlo drops have become a staple in the fashion world.
Given our high expectations for the partnership, a few of us fashion editors decided that it’d be fun to test out the latest collection ahead of its December 16 launch—and to no one’s surprise, it didn’t disappoint. The F/W 21 collection (which Anderson says was inspired by Beatrix Potter, the English writer responsible for The Tale of Peter Rabbit) is quite simply an ode to autumn.
“For me, this collection was really about embracing the season,” Anderson tells Who What Wear. “I wanted something that felt very autumnal in a way and that also felt quite like autumn in the British countryside, such as the Tartan mixed with the warm color palette.” The collection also includes piled fleece separated, cozy accessories, and even some pieces for your home. “It’s too hard to pick just one [favorite,] but [I love that] for the first time, we’ve added some home items like a pillow and a throw.”
After trying out the recent launch IRL, including Anderson’s favorite blanket-turned-scarf, we can see why he says this collection is particularly special to him. See how three fashion editors styled the cold weather–ready line ahead.