British Severity Meets Spanish Romanticism

  • Text: Theo Mohamed
  • Charles Rennie Mackintosh, “292 HILL HOUSE 1”
    Ladder-back Chair (1902)
    Photography: Thomas Albdorf

    Fashion is one of the few all encompassing creative mediums. Due to the nature of clothing and how we interact with it on a daily basis, designers can easily pull influences from many different forms of art or design. Architecture is a prime example of this habit. Architecture relies heavily on shapes and how shapes affect human cognition - for this reason, it presents a perfect source of inspiration for fashion designers through geometry, among other things. Jonathan Anderson (Loewe Creative Director) has most recently pulled his inspiration from the work of renowned Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Mackintosh is regarded as a true modernist in the architectural realm and like Anderson was not afraid of pushing forward. Anderson said of his connection to Mackintosh in an interview with Vogue “Sometimes you have to make things that don’t make sense to get somewhere.” This like-mindedness has allowed Anderson to intuitively design from Mackintosh’s work and create a surprisingly deep capsule line. Whether the inspiration comes from a floral upholstery print or the shapes of a stained glass window, each item within the capsule is inoculated with Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s work from cocoon coats to leather clutches.

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  • Text: Theo Mohamed