The Loewe Spring Summer 2018 Women’s collection is presented in a suite of white oval-shaped spaces, a reductionist backdrop against which especially commissioned, large-scale tapestries and miniature ceramic sculptures by artist Mo Jupp provide a cultural context and guide the eye through a precise interplay of scale and sinuous line.
A perfect union of craft, art and technology, the impressive tapestries feature vivid images from LOEWE’s forthcoming campaign —shot by Steven Meisel— as well as black-and-white 19th and 20th century photographs, all carefully transposed —by means of advanced software— into thousands of threads before being woven into giant textiles by experts near Limoges, France.
Recurring asymmetry, cutouts and form-accentuating elements sharpen a fluid silhouette, while hand embellishments add dimension and showcase a range of special artisanal techniques. Everyday fabrics are employed in extraordinary ways; jerseys are present and simulated, replicating the ease of a T-shirt in pieces that ingeniously elevate their casual inspiration. Crushed and crinkled surfaces lend a sense of depth, while padding enhances proportion and thought-out details help create movement; a fringed Spanish shawl becomes an abstract dress.
The show also introduces two new shapes to join LOEWE’s iconic bags: The Gate, a modern take on a classic saddle carrier featuring a distinctive knot belt and brass hinge, in 2 sizes, and the unlined, reversible Tent bag, seen here in two signature house colors: Oro and Caramel.