Graduating from Parsons school of design in 1998, launching the spring 99 debut collection Amazone (inspired by the trinity of Shakti: Goddess culture) and for fall 99 Arcane (quest for secret sacred knowledge) this 24 year old newcomer swiftly penetrated the luxury market. Functunal Luxury , Indo Chic! the critical acclaim from media and retail alike summed up what the collections represented. I meditate every night and upon waking up check my e mailsays Anand Jon, reflecting a transcendental yet technological lifestyle.
Over the past year and a half Fashion Designer Anand Jon"s steady evolution has laid the foundation of a youthful oppulance, attracting a range of prominent celebrities and socialites.partial list includes Nadja Swarovski of Swarovski crystals, Emmy award winners Lynn Whitfield & Susan Lucci, musician Alanis Morrisette, Mary J Blige, Mya, the Artsit formerly known as Prince, MTV"S Ananda Lewis, Courtney Love, Shashi Tripathi: the Consul General of India, TV"s Gina Torres (Cleopatra 2525), Grammy Nominee Cherokee.
Furthering his origins in fine jewelry, Anand Jon is joined by his sister Sanjana, teaming up on the Jewelry and adornments accents.
One of the highlights of summer 99 included the Anand Jon fashion presentation across the Polo field at the Mercedes Benz Bridge Hampton Polo challenge. Silver & Gold guests and participants included actress Renee Russo, Stephanie Seymore, Rita Schraeger, Devon Aoki and Kelly Klein. On Sep 13th 99, Anand Jon was among selected designers at the NYC 2000 fashion show on Times Square (where actress Lynn Whitfield dazzled the audience in a one of a kind Anand Jon ensemble, which was also among Oprah Winfrey"s top outfits for the millennium segment). The Consul General of India, Mrs Shashi Tripathi introduced Anand Jon honoring him at a press conference as one of the outstanding cultural ambassadors of India (for his breakthrough contribution in Fashion & Trade) followed by a spring 2000 preview (with a live performance by trance soprano Sasha Lazard).
Master of simple evening shapes created from pricey embroided fabrics added New York magazine
Young Guns: Anand Jon presented a collection that made his prediliction for both the elaborate and the mystical quite apparent. There were his fabulous embroideries on skirts, pants and dresses and a new crop of leather looks with crystal details. says WWD
when you wanna get physical or astro physical Anand Jon is your guy. say New York1 news
India Today Jan 2000 picked him as one among 21 faces of the future, while East magazine in their most influential Asians issue and A magazine Jan 2000 picked him among the A List of top 20 Asians to watch for the next century.
Anand Jon"s collection speaks to the idea of luxury his is the new age ballgown. says Stacey Kaye of Henri Bendel.
The adornments and clothing creations of Anand Jon boldly embrace and enhance the sensuality of the human body capturing the romantic mysticism of the Neo Millennium.
Jon was arrested in March 2007 in Beverly Hills, California on rape and related charges, based on the allegations of numerous aspiring models, including committing lewd conduct upon a minor. Later, the prosecutor added 15 additional felony counts as the investigation expanded. Jon was required to surrender his passport to authorities and was not allowed to leave the U.S. He pleaded not guilty to all charges. His defense was that the women and children were bitter because he did not hire them.
On November 13, 2008, Jon was convicted of 16 out of 23 counts of sexual abuse; charges included the forcible rape of seven women and girls, aged 14 to 21. He was also convicted of production and possession of child pornography. He was initially scheduled to be sentenced on January 13, 2009. Because the case involved special circumstances against multiple victims, a mandatory life sentence was required by law. As a result, Jon would not be eligible for parole until the year 2075, when he would be over 100 years old.
In July 2009, a judge denied Jon"s request for a new trial. Jon then fired his high profile attorneys in the days leading up to his sentencing. He petitioned for and was granted permission to represent himself for the sentencing phase of the proceedings. Sentencing ultimately was delayed for eight months because of proceedings regarding a juror who contacted Jon"s sister.
On August 31, 2009, Jon was sentenced to 59 years to life. In the near future, he is expected to be extradited to New York, where prosecutors will charge him with more than 40 counts, including first degree forcible rape and rape of a minor, involving 12 additional women and children. Jon also faces pending charges in Texas and Massachusetts.
For Fall 2012 designers are inspired by a wide range of influences, from the elaborate details of brocade and metallic gold embellishments to the dynamic mix of military chic and power pantsuits. Colo