Friday 2nd March

| BY Roxy Lola

Loewe: Ready-to-Wear AW18

Jonathan Anderson‘s collections for Loewe are an adventure. There’s a nobility and a strength of purpose in what he does. The best clothes make us think. We like a challenge and we like to be schooled in the Loewe language. A series of five books were chosen for todays collection: Wuthering Heights, Don Quijote, Heart of Darkness, Madame Bovary and Dracula. Light reading, Loewe bound. “There is no book so bad that it does not have something good in it,” said author, Miguel de Cervantes in Don Quijote. Hope for us all. Fortunately there was a whole lot of good, greatness in this collection. Fireplaces were lit up, logs burning, really setting that Autumn/Winter scene for us. And damn, it looked good.

Brilliant coats came alive, boundless duffle coats, zig zag chevron prints vibrating and huge patch pockets were so practical. Loopholes on bodices were dissected by bound rainbows of thread. It was simple but very clever, and so sleeves were slashed on tailored jackets and shirts morphed becoming one with skirts, exposed zippers slithering down the backs. Panels of fabric let loose at the ends, swirling. It was a whirlwind of the finest luxury. Thoughtful, exuding ideas and a sense of history. Mt Wolf’s spoken word performance ‘Burgs’ spoke to us, “We don’t keep it simple and we end up making the life that we are living so inordinately complicated…It’s such a shame to end up feeling in a real muddle, while actually, you ought to be having the time of your lives.” All that apparent simplicity and ease. Finest cotton, cashmere, wool, leather. Live Loewe, breathe Loewe, love Loewe. Ready for the time of our lives.

Photographs by Jason Lloyd Evans