The artwork of a legendary British textile designer lives on in Loewe

Second life

Text: Jolene Khor

Creative director Jonathan Anderson rummages through Morris & Co. archives, renews nature prints long forgotten

Fashion's role in society extends farther than the dressing of its inhabitants. As an art form in its own right, any questions challenging the contrary is constantly eviscerated by exhibition after exhibition, documentaries and films. Louis Vuitton's Time Capsule is a reminder and so is Gentle Monster's Ion Orchard storeThe First Monday in May poignantly hits the point home.

And just like artists of other kinds, designer Jonathan Anderson is constantly inspired by the work of others. He says of 19th century British textile designer, artist, and writer William Morris, "William Morris fundamentally changed the way we look at applied craft, making him one of the most important designers of the last 200 years."

It is in this vein that Anderson began work on fall/winter 2017 next capsule collection. From his special access to Morris' archives, Anderson selected four prints — the Strawberry Thief, Forest, Acanthus and Honeysuckle — originally used as wallpaper and fabric prints between 1874 and 1883, for a modern reinterpretation. 

This sees Morris' love song to nature juxtaposed with Anderson's punk disposition, such as the Acanthus print on a canvas and calf leather Hammock bag; a black napa biker jacket bearing the Forest fox motif; and an orange calf tote decorated with a black silkscreen print of a Morris chair. 

Jackets, jeans and T-shirts make for mainstays (see above). Bags, scarves, brooches and key rings follow (see below):

Pre-order the Loewe x William Morris capsule collection online. The collection drops in stores and online on November 15.


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