Jonathan Anderson has a way of picking inspiration: it’s never obvious or expected. Just like what the Creative Director of Loewe did in 2017 for the brand’s William Morris’ capsule, this holiday season’s spotlight is on architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh—both late artists associated with the Arts and Crafts Movement and celebrated for their work, but lesser known in current times.
Here’s a bit of background: Mackintosh was a Scottish artist who designed buildings, furniture, textiles and later, became a water colourist as well. He spent most of his life in Glasgow, where he was born and his unique aesthetic was considered to have pioneered the Modernist movement.
He was also heavily influenced by Art Nouveau and Japonism, and often collaborated with his wife Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, a fellow artist known for her botanical style, and eventually their work converged. Interesting titbit: Margaret Mackintosh and her sister created a series of illustrations for William Morris when he published his collection of poetry, The Defense of Guenevere.
Anderson has explored the full breadth of Mackintosh’s mediums of work in this Christmas capsule collection, which includes ready-to-wear for men and women as well as a full accessories line.
The Puzzle bag is inspired by a stained-glass window featuring the Mackintosh rose, while the new Gate bag takes on a bold iteration with Mackintosh’s iconic graphic lattice elements.
Pure art appears in the ready-to-wear collection with Mackintosh’s delicate, sinuous floral paintings decorating lusciously-soft mohair-and-wool blankets and mink coats and t-shirts in the form of silkscreen-prints.
Besides wearing his art, you can wear the artist too: Mackintosh (with his iconographic ‘stache) himself makes an appearance and his portrait is seen on the sleeve of a classic white cotton shirt and a leather tote bag.
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