Today, with his debut fashion show for Loewe, designer Jonathan Anderson gave the luxury house a fashion cleanse, scrubbing out the formality and whipping away any artifice, to leave in its stead a fresh faced and natural approach to dressing.
So natural in fact was this collection, that a good portion of the show had a rather primitive aesthetic. Leather shift dresses and tops came covered in what looked to be left over remnants of the original garment, tacked on like flutter fall leaves. Oatmeal colored knit halter necks, seemed to grow out of fluid white cotton skirts to form dresses. And woven suede grid patterned tops suddenly shifted out of alignment at the waistline.
Next to these artisanal offerings, Anderson connected with a more tradition luxury consumer via his array of roomy Obi waistline leather pants and some quirky latex T-shirts that featured vintage “duck hunting” prints. Consumers will also surely appreciate the designer’s colorful broad collection of leather bags and architectural yet sturdy footwear.
It would have been nice to see the designer blend together his more artisanal ideas with those that had a subtler soul. But, as it was, this show was a bold fashion statement that will surely set off a debate about the essence of approachable luxury.