The beauty of all collaborations is the exploration of space between the two collaborators, and in the case of Loewe's Jonathan Anderson and Paula’s Armin Heinemann, it’s the shared memory and appreciation of the flamboyant spirit of the Balearic Islands and the celebration of escapism. For Heinemann, the store represents a rebirth from an unhappy marriage in Germany, while for Anderson it represents a moment from his formative years of experiencing the islands’ vibrant creative scene—a far departure from the superstar DJ and club scene that they’re currently synonymous with.
Once again, the spring/summer 2019 collection, which marks the third collaboration between Loewe and Paula, marries the Ibizan boutique's iconic prints with the Spanish fashion house’s craftsmanship. Where the difference lies is in the expanding of the collection from a capsule of a few looks into their most extensive one to date. Their last efforts saw the introduction of menswear for the first time in the collaboration, and this spring/summer 2019 edition sees Anderson infuse more of his design manifesto into the looks, blurring gender boundaries between the pieces.
Exploring the different facets of summer wear, the collection uses a myriad of lightweight summer-friendly fabrics like linens, terry cloths, crinkled jerseys and cotton blends, turning them into signature patchwork denim jeans, oversized hoodies, slouchy knitwear, tunics and scuba wear. Besides the amalgamation of Paula's archival prints into the pieces, the collection also works with textures in the form of unfinished helms, fringes and tassels. Our favourite is definitely the patchwork pieces that feature an array of prints.
Besides a standout menswear ready-to-wear section, the collection also stepped up its accessories game. Two new bag silhouettes, the Cushion bag and the Bum bag, make their debut alongside the classics like the Puzzle and Gate bags—all are made in a meld of calfskin and woven fibres. Other standouts from the accessories range are the bucket hats, scuba footwear and espadrilles.
Anderson once said that he sees Loewe as a massive department store, with all the different collection like Paula’s, Eye/Loewe/Nature and the main line as telling the same story with a different point of view. This spring/summer 2019 collection is his deepest dive yet into that universe and one can only imagine what other treasures he will surface with for his next collection.