JW Anderson shows spring collection in Dublin

Designer in top gear for collaboration with car firm

Derry designer JW Anderson with Opel Adam ambassador Rozanna Purcell (left) and model January Russell at the  launch of the Opel Adam at Hanover Quay, Dublin, yesterday.  Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Derry designer JW Anderson with Opel Adam ambassador Rozanna Purcell (left) and model January Russell at the launch of the Opel Adam at Hanover Quay, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Fri, Apr 26, 2013, 05:00

Fashion’s golden boy, 28-year-old Derry-born, London-based designer JW Anderson was in Dublin’s Hanover Quay last night to present his spring women’s collection.

The event – the first time he has shown in Ireland – marked the launch of Opel’s new Adam car, for which he created a “print wrap”.

“It’s nice to do something in your own country and I was given free reign to do what I wanted,” he said.

The collection featured frilled asymmetrical jersey knits and splash-printed wrapover tops and neoprene suits, along with the graffiti print used on the car.

Anderson launched a menswear brand in 2007 and added womenswear two years ago.

Having started as a visual merchandiser for Prada in Brown Thomas, his expansion has moved at a breathtaking rate in the past 12 months.

His collection for Topshop was the most successful ever for the chain; he scooped the emerging talent Award at the British Fashion Awards in November; and was headhunted to design Versus for Versace.