Almost 200 years apart, what could possibly interlink Irish designer Jonathan Anderson and 19th-century designer, poet, and socialist William Morris? Answer: These creatives are renowned perfectionists, obsessively striving for well-rounded excellency in their craft. The former is the design force behind Loewe who revived the then-dusty luxury house by transforming the brand’s every aspect, from clothes hanger to logo; while the latter, a post-Industrial Revolution artist who championed the traditional methods of printing textiles, formulating his own dyes out of natural ingredients like roots, flowers, and willow twigs.
“William Morris fundamentally changed the way we look at applied craft, making him one of the most important designers of the last 200 years,” said Anderson. Which is why a Loewe capsule collection inspired by the artist’s storied prints comes as no surprise.
Adapting four iconic Morris wallpaper and fabric prints — Strawberry Thief, Forest, Acanthus and Honeysuckle — onto ready-to-wear pieces and accessories, Anderson has employed it in a way that’s both pious and irreverent. Case in point: Loewe’s cult classics, the Hammock and Puzzle bags, come entirely printed with the motifs as a full-on tribute to the late artist; yet in a punk-rock approach, a fox extracted from Morris’ Forest print is painted onto the back of a black biker jacket.
Landing just in time for our festive season shopping, scroll down and see our favourite picks from the whimsical offering.
Loewe’s full William Morris capsule collection will arrive in stores on 15 November.