For Jonathan Anderson — creative director of Loewe — fashion, art and craft are one and the same. His women’s spring/summer 2019 show at the historic Maison de l’Unesco building in Paris featured a series of restored mid-century rooms showcasing a variety of experiences that blended the three media.
Guests walked through a blur of spinning car-wash brushes by Lara Favaretto into a space displaying rustic woven baskets by Loewe Craft Prize finalist Joe Hogan before venturing into rooms filled with record players cradling ceramics by Ryoji Koie and overrun with floating soap bubbles.
The collection Anderson presented was equally striking, a rich blend of textures and silhouettes in an inky colour palette. Materials range from cotton muslin and exotic leathers to topstitched gabardine and ostrich feathers while voluminous shapes and asymmetric details provide added drama.
The accessories collection, meanwhile, pays tribute to Joe Hogan’s woven baskets with its extensive use of raffia, fringe and weaving.
The Palm basket with hand-woven multi- coloured leather stripes or crystal detailing is a highlight of the range, while the Bunny, Gate and Mini Gate in raffia are perfect for summer evenings by the beach.
Other standouts of the season include the Balloon, a new bucket bag with an architecturally inspired design and striking asymmetric handle.