Men’s – Dream State. Loewe SS20

Jonathan Anderson continues his escapist formula at Loewe and it keeps on surprising. Spring-summer 2020 collection for men was like a picture of spiritual escape into what he called “a childlike dream state”. The outing felt like a peaceful march of modern day hippies, wearing the intentionally unmatching accessories, flowing, gender-fluid kaftan-dresses and fleecy, feather-light knits. Eclecticism and handmade crafts are one of the most important qualities Anderson nurtures at Loewe, and with his collage-y sensibility for styling, he makes it sophisticated, yet desirable at the same time. You want to dress in this spirit, all year round. “We have to be aware of what’s going on in the world, but sometimes it’s good to dream. Why should people not be in a fantasy state? Maybe they’ll find something.” Words to live by.

Collage by Edward Kanarecki.

Men’s – Design Exercise. JW Anderson SS20

For his spring-summer 2020 collection for men (and resort 2020 for women), Jonathan Anderson took an approach he applies at his Loewe. While discussing J.W. Anderson‘s latest collection, the designer mentioned that it’s “not about a styling exercise, but a design exercise.” Part of it was working on cutting away the sleeves of trench coats and tailored jackets to construct geometric wings and leave a drape in the back. He said he’d developed that silhouette after the “ideas about the ’40s and billowing shapes” that he’d shown previously in his womenswear collection. The deconstruction of the tuxedo dressing continued into lapel scarves and dress shirts. There’s no gendered distinction in these clothes. “All sizes can wear that,” he said. Meanwhile, the less ‘formal’ part of the collection consisted of patchworked knits, cable-knit head-bands, shoes made of multi-coloured felt (depicting a sort of pointilist landscape) and flowing, crotchet shawls and dresses. All this feels very warm-hearted, artisanal,  beautifully folkloric even. While Anderson nails each season at Loewe, lately I wasn’t that convinced about the work he did for his namesake brand. But this collection is one of his best.

Collage by Edward Kanarecki.

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.