Jonathan Anderson never ceases to amaze with his innovative and thought-provoking designs. His latest show, the Fall/Winter 2023 Loewe collection, was a testament to his unique ability to create fashion that is both minimal and impactful.
Anderson’s designs are a perfect blend of couture classicism and modern creativity. He referred to his latest collection as “the ghost of fashion“, a nod to the past and the present. He played with the idea of how we perceive clothing in the digital age, exploring the blurred lines between what is real and what is fake.
Anderson’s designs were a visual feast, with simple white duchess satin shifts printed with blurred images of vintage cotton frocks, mackintoshes, and fur coats. The blank margins added to the illusion of a glitch in motion, leaving the viewer to question whether the garment was staged, photoshopped, or the right color. This kind of attention to detail is what sets Anderson apart as one of the most significant designers of our time.
One of the standout pieces was Anderson’s interpretation of the classic t-shirt and jeans. Instead of the traditional materials, he created these iconic garments entirely out of goose feathers. Similarly, three strapless velvet cocktail dresses appeared flat and normal on screen, but in reality, they had a stiff, tubular volume that was truly a sight to behold.
Anderson also had fun with adhesive paper, printing cardigans that were then literally stuck on the models’ skin. And, in a nod to Playmobil, he created tiny, molded leather jackets that were almost indistinguishable from their surroundings.
Through his use of traditional skills, new technologies, and a vivid imagination, Anderson is pushing the boundaries of what is possible in fashion. He is constantly refining his designs, searching for new ways to create surreal effects that drive the conversation about how we see clothing in the modern world.