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. Need a contemporary everyday proposition? Cue Loewe’s black smooth leather with silver detailing or grained tan leather Hammock hobo style bag. Devised under the creative leadership of Jonathan Anderson, this bag has an expandable shape with zip-fastening sides, a handy zip-fastening pocket, and is neatly debossed with the label’s logo. Carry it on the shoulder, across the body, or in hand. Similarly, crafted from premium Spanish calf leather in a classic colour of black, Loewe’s Hammock hobo bag will add a touch of modern-elegance to any look. It’s crafted to an innovative, spacious shape that expands with sleek zips at the sides, and can be transformed into a cross-body style by attaching the long accompanying strap. Switch up the styling as the working week reaches an end, using the zip-top pouch to keep cosmetic essentials within an easy reach. There is arm candy of all shapes and sizes in the current wave of new IT bags, so picking a favourite can be tough, to say the least. Composed from a patchwork of geometric jigsaw pieces, Loewe’s Puzzle bag has hit a sweet spot with chic celebrities, all of whom have been carrying the style in droves upon the arrival of Jonathan Anderson. For the new season it comes in an vivacious array of colour ways including, black, ash, tan and marine. All meticulously crafted from butter-soft calf leather to an innovative cuboids shape that’s finished with lacquered edges, gold or silver hardware, and the label’s Anagram neatly debossed on the front. Beyonce added the Black version to her courtside wardrobe and was spotted carrying it at a basketball game with husband Jay Z, while Sienna Miller went with Ash, which proved to be a fresh pop of colour against her tonal coat. Both Kate Bosworth and Julianne Moore gave the look of all black an upgrade with their eye-catching Puzzle bags at the airport. Carry it in hand for the most polished take.
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