The Favourite. Loewe AW19

Jonathan Anderson‘s Loewe is never straightforward. While the designer loved Yorgos Lanthimos’ incredible The Favourite film, he didn’t just knock off historic costume-wear. How genius is the pearl-beaded sweatshirt? It’s a soft nod to Queen Anne’s fixation with gorgeous jewels, and pearls of course. The white lace and black silk finale dress was also quite close to the film’s aesthetic, but transformed into something very contemporary looking. I’m always in awe with the unparalleled levels of creativity and craftsmanship that underpin Anderson’s collections – but his real genius is found in how he elevates easy, wearable fashion. Big coats with fur inserts; a dress that looks like a knit with sheer skirt; feather boas that don’t look ridiculous; crotchet jackets and tasselled skirts… oh, and of course the ‘elephant’ hat that might make absolutely no sense, but looks right in this collection. Jonathan is the king of curation. The accessory that wins the season? The new Lantern handbag that isn’t actually that new – it comes from Loewe’s archives. It’s classy shape with a lady-like clasp is so elegant. I bet if Queen Anne lived today, she would order one (or two).

Collage by Edward Kanarecki.

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