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J.W.Anderson's designs add a splash of colour in London

By Joanne Fleming

Northern Ireland fashion designer J.W.Anderson has once again captivated the London style scene with his latest crochet- themed collection.

Son of Irish rugby legend Willie Anderson, 32-year-old Jonathan, from The Loup near Magherafelt, showcased his latest designs at the Autumn/Winter 2017 London Fashion Week men's fashion event.

One Direction heartthrob Niall Horan and McFly's Dougie Poynter were among the stars who attended at the weekend to celebrate the best in British fashion.

Anderson's latest AW17 collection features crochet designs appearing on pockets, shoes, sleeves and scarves.

Knitwear in general was also high on the agenda, with oversized, longline sweaters and huge scarves commonplace.

Anderson also stood out from the crowd with a diversity of bright and brilliant colours, appliquéd stain glass windows on sweaters and even a stained glass effect on jeans.

The Co Londonderry native established the J.W.Anderson label in 2008 and has been the darling of the fashion world since.

Ireland is often the source of the young designer's inspiration.

One of his recent collections also drew on the Tudor style of King Henry VIII.

Anderson's brand is now stocked in high-fashion outlets across the world, including Barneys and Selfridges. He is also creative director at the Spanish accessories maker Loewe, owned by French luxury giant LVMH.

"When you come from a small town, you want things to be big," he said last year.

Jonathan's father, Willie, was capped 27 times for Ireland between 1984 and 1990.

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