Loewe’s creative director Jonathan Anderson is a champion of craft; not just fashion alone. While it’s evident in the fashion house’s commitment to craft and design, it’s also apparent in the many capsule collections that Loewe has developed over the years under Anderson’s direction.
If last year’s holiday capsule collection focused on the fantastical and fictional (thanks to the work oftile designer William de Morgan), Anderson opted to pay homage to the work of ceramic sculptor Ken Price. The result is Loewe Ken Price, a capsule collection that’s a kind of antidote to our current reality; a visual escape into the tropics marked by vibrant colours and idyllic landscapes.
The late Price was celebrated for his colourful ceramic sculptures that took on both abstract as well as biomorphic forms. There’s also the display vehicles that he referred to as ‘death shrines’ and ‘town units’—each essentially an arrangement of ceramic pieces set on a levelled display case, and something that Anderson adopted for the collection’s imagery as seen in the gallery above.
“I was taken by the insouciance and the energy the objects in these units emanate: boldly hued cityscapes and landscapes in a humorous cartoon-like style are scattered all over pottery and plates,” Anderson expresses. The Loewe Ken Price capsule collection, in particular, is heavily based on a series of twenty unique hand-painted ceramic plates that Price made in the ‘80s for the La Palme restaurant in Newport Beach.
Price’s motifs from the ‘La Palme’, ‘Easter Island’, ‘LA Series’ and ‘Happy’s Curios’ have been translated in a range of ways for Loewe Ken Price. On the capsule collection’s ready-to-wear pieces, they’re interpreted as all-over prints, placement prints as well as intarsia. And on Loewe’s signature leather bags and accessories, the house’s precise leather marquetry work is on full display as palm trees and both coastal and urban landscapes decorate bags such as the Puzzle and the Hammock.
Sure, the Loewe Ken Price capsule collection is by no means a substitute for an actual vacation this holiday season. But with the way things are for at least the foreseeable future, it’s a visual respite that we could all do with. No travels? No problem.
The Loewe Ken Price capsule collection is available from 12 November 2020 in Loewe boutiques islandwide.