Internationally renowned Spanish luxury house, LOEWE has a 170 year-strong history of superb craftsmanship and luxurious elegance. The Madrid-based fashion house has a unique history of a family's dynasty with Enrique Loewe Lynch (great grandson of the company’s founder) as their figure-head today. In 2014, Jonathan Anderson (Founder and Creative Director of British fashion brand, JW Anderson) took over as Loewe’s Creative Director. Under Anderson, Loewe embarked on a new chapter, presenting itself to the world more multi-faceted and dynamic than ever. The set—installed in the UNESCO House, an avant-garde landmark from 1958—had cream carpet, ceramics, lamps, and massive video screens playing an art film on a loop. This woman, then, lives surrounded by her collection of contemporary objects and art. Her latest acquisition, apparently, is a conceptual video piece, Offshore, by Magali Reus, showing two men swimming out into an ocean, endlessly struggling to bring floating oil barrels back to the beach. Whatever else it meant (man’s ceaseless fight against pollution? a chance to contemplate the sight of two hunky men in wet clothes?), it also brought in a sense of the outdoors—fresh air, summer—all suggestions of the environments these clothes will be worn in. The collection also included almost an entire exhibition of accessories as well. A whole gallery of shoes walked by—low-heeled boots, which fused sock with cutaway loafer; kitten-heeled summer sandals; Victorian ribbon-laced booties. The backless loafer remains key for SS17, and Loewe’s orange-black leather loafer is a slick choice. Croc-stamped leather covers the season must-have, while the collapsible back is this new season’s most essential styling trick – fold down the supple back panel to wear them as a backless style. Slip them on to ground a graphic city edits. Another chic addition to the SS17 collection and fresh from Loewe’s SS17 runway – the sock boot loafer. They stretch to a second-skin fit that secures with black-gold colour way and are detailed with intricate croc stamped leather and a suede sock.
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