Megan Rapinoe lands Loewe campaign

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe has been tapped to star in Loewe’s fall/winter 2020 campaign.The sportswoman, who captains Reign FC in the National Women’s Soccer League and the U.S. women’s team, is appearing in the latest marketing imagery for the Spanish …

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe has been tapped to star in Loewe’s fall/winter 2020 campaign.

The sportswoman, who captains Reign FC in the National Women’s Soccer League and the U.S. women’s team, is appearing in the latest marketing imagery for the Spanish fashion label.

Photographed by Steven Meisel and creative directed by designer Jonathan Anderson, the debut image from the For Real advertising depicts a violet-haired Rapinoe making a face at the camera.

“Rapinoe’s trademark pink hair is highlighted by the solidity of the cobalt blue background,” a brand rep captioned a snap on Instagram. “Her eyes are grinning, the tongue peeks a boo between the teeth, mimicking the soccer player’s signature expression when she wins. Across the whole campaign, distortion comes across as a synonym of life, movement, and energy.”

In an accompanying series of short films directed by Benn Northover, Rapinoe is seen asking the viewer to confront their truth.

“We have to talk about everything. We have to speak out the truth and not be afraid of it. Find it, live it, be it!” the 34-year-old declared.

And accordingly, Rapinoe is excited to have landed her very first fashion gig.

“I am so thrilled about this partnership with Loewe and Jonathan Anderson. Multiple worlds crashing together, creating something bigger, different, and more exciting than either could alone,” she commented. “To me, the goal of collaboration should not be to stand next to one another, but rather become something else, together.”

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British Fashion Council launching new award for designers

Officials at the British Fashion Council (BFC) have launched a new award for designers.In the run-up to The Fashion Awards 2019, set to take place on 2 December at the Royal Albert Hall in London, council members have announced that they are introducin…

Officials at the British Fashion Council (BFC) have launched a new award for designers.

In the run-up to The Fashion Awards 2019, set to take place on 2 December at the Royal Albert Hall in London, council members have announced that they are introducing the Designers’ Designer Award. The award coincides with the establishment of the BFC Membership Programme and has been created to spotlight the British designer businesses that have made a global impact in the past year through creativity in product design, campaigns, and collaborations.

Those nominated for the 2019 prize are Christopher Kane for Christopher Kane, Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson, Margaret Howell for Margaret Howell, Roksanda Ilincic for Roksanda, and Simone Rocha for Simone Rocha.

“The creativity shown over the past year by the winner of this award is considered to have moved the needle in increasing their positive brand perception in 2019,” a BFC representative commented.

Meanwhile, the BFC Membership Programme has been founded to support the BFC’s mission to encourage collaboration and inclusivity, inviting designers to come together in support of the fashion ecosystem.

When it comes to the other awards, Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Jacquemus, Loewe, and Prada have been nominated in the Brand of the Year category, while Gucci’s Alessandro Michele, Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee, JW Anderson and Loewe creative director Jonathan Anderson, Dior Men’s Kim Jones, and Prada’s Miuccia Prada are all in the running for Designer of the Year.

Top models Adesuwa Aighewi, Adut Akech, Adwoa Aboah, Kaia Gerber, and Winnie Harlow are competing for the Model of the Year prize, while it was previously announced that Giorgio Armani will be bestowed with the Outstanding Achievement Award and Naomi Campbell will take home the Fashion Icon Award.

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Loewe apologises for outfit resembling concentration camp uniform

Executives at Loewe have issued an apology following backlash over an outfit that resembled a concentration camp uniform.Earlier this month, Jonathan Anderson, creative director of the Spanish heritage fashion house, unveiled a collection of clothing a…

Executives at Loewe have issued an apology following backlash over an outfit that resembled a concentration camp uniform.

Earlier this month, Jonathan Anderson, creative director of the Spanish heritage fashion house, unveiled a collection of clothing and accessories influenced by the work of British ceramicist William De Morgan.

However, social media users quickly noticed an image of a suit with black and white vertical stripes and a prominent chest patch within the collection and noted that the item was similar to camp uniforms worn by victims during the Holocaust in World War II.

In response, a Loewe spokesperson apologised for any upset caused by the garments, which have been removed from sale.

“It was brought to our attention that one of our looks featured in a magazine and part of our Arts and Crafts ceramicist William De Morgan could be misconstrued as referring to one of the most odious moments in the history of mankind,” they said. “It was absolutely never our intention and we apologise to anyone who might feel we were insensitive to sacred memories. The products featured have been removed from our commercial offering.”

Other items in the De Morgan-inspired collection included coats, bags, oversized scarves, and knitwear. Garments are priced from $322 – 7,599 (£250 – £5,900).

Loewe is not the first fashion company to be criticised for selling clothing that resembled garments worn by World War II victims. In 2014, bosses at high street label Zara apologised for selling a shirt with a six-pointed yellow star on the chest designed for toddler boys that were described as a “striped sheriff T-shirt,” while in August 2017, Miu Miu executives pulled all garments from the fall/winter 2017 collection that featured five-pointed stars with men’s names embroidered them.

Critics indicated that both items resembled the six-pointed Star of David that Jewish people were forced to wear during the Holocaust.

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Loewe releases collection inspired by ceramicist William De Morgan

Loewe has unveiled a collection influenced by the work of British ceramicist William De Morgan.Jonathan Anderson, creative director of the Spanish heritage fashion house, took to Instagram on Monday morning to announce the launch of the capsule line, w…

Loewe has unveiled a collection influenced by the work of British ceramicist William De Morgan.

Jonathan Anderson, creative director of the Spanish heritage fashion house, took to Instagram on Monday morning to announce the launch of the capsule line, which includes both ready-to-wear items and accessories.

“The work of British ceramicist William De Morgan is celebrated in Loewe’s new capsule collection conceived as a world of colour, texture and playful imagination. De Morgan was renowned for his Arts and Crafts tile designs. Now, his fantastic creatures and floral arabesques are celebrated in LOEWE’s capsule collection of ready-to-wear, accessories and charms for both men and women,” he wrote alongside a campaign image. “Certain details are enlarged on coats and bags, while others are hand-stitched onto oversized scarves and knitwear. Some garments, such as a woollen dragon’s tail, or a horned knitted beanie, remake the wearer as a monster themselves. This is a collection in which the imagination is set free, and the magical is blended with the everyday.”

The campaign was shot by Craig McDean and styled by Benjamin Bruno. Models including Jamily Wernke Meurer and Marcel Korusiewicz feature in the images.

The William De Morgan capsule collection will be available to purchase from 14 November. Prices have not been announced.

And it appears the initial reaction to the concept is overwhelmingly positive, with fashion critic Tim Blanks commenting, “SUBLIME!!!!!!!” on Instagram, and model Liya Kebede adding: “So good.”

De Morgan was known for his intricate tiles, stained glass, and furniture, with his designs often based on Medieval or Islamic patterns. He died at the age of 77 in 1917.

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Jodie Comer ‘honoured’ to front Loewe’s spring 2020 campaign

Jodie Comer is “honoured” to be the face of the latest Loewe campaign.Fresh off her win at the 2019 Emmy Awards, the Killing Eve actress has been tapped by bosses at the Spanish fashion house to front the spring/summer 2020 campaign, and also features …

Jodie Comer is “honoured” to be the face of the latest Loewe campaign.

Fresh off her win at the 2019 Emmy Awards, the Killing Eve actress has been tapped by bosses at the Spanish fashion house to front the spring/summer 2020 campaign, and also features in an accompanying short film by Loewe’s creative director Jonathan Anderson and photographer Steven Meisel.

During the two-minute clip, Comer laughs, cries, and shouts the word “Loewe” while getting ready in her dressing room mirror.

“Jonathan and his work are so incredibly distinctive. It’s inspiring to work alongside someone who pushes boundaries and creates in the way that he does,” she commented. “I feel the spring/summer 2020 collection really accentuates and celebrates femininity, which is a complete reflection of my experience shooting the campaign. To have had the opportunity to work with Steven Meisel and to have been supported and encouraged in the way that I was, is something I am extremely grateful for and will never forget.”

Comer later took to Instagram and shared the campaign video, alongside a touching caption.

“I am so honoured to be a part of the @loewe campaign for spring/summer 2020. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the incredible team of creatives who welcomed me and made this such an unforgettable moment,” the 26-year-old gushed.

Anderson also lavished praise on his leading lady and noted that the British star was “exceptionally talented” and “incredibly inspiring”.

As well as the short film, Meisel has created an image for spring/summer 2020 campaign which features a picture of neon slime oozing through a model’s manicured fingers and a still life image displaying Loewe’s new Lazo mini bags.

Loewe’s womenswear show will debut as part of Paris Fashion Week on Friday.

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Charlie Heaton tapped to star in Loewe campaign

Stranger Things star Charlie Heaton is fronting the sultry new campaign for Loewe.Creative director Jonathan Anderson’s latest menswear campaign for spring/summer 2020 features the actor in three images captured by legendary fashion photographer, Steve…

Stranger Things star Charlie Heaton is fronting the sultry new campaign for Loewe.

Creative director Jonathan Anderson’s latest menswear campaign for spring/summer 2020 features the actor in three images captured by legendary fashion photographer, Steven Meisel.

In anticipation of the upcoming third season of Stranger Things debuting on 4 July, Anderson tapped Heaton to front the campaign, collaborating with stylist Benjamin Bruno and design agency M/M Paris for the images.

The first shot shows the British star looking into a mirror and gazing at his own reflection, with his hair messy and lips smeared with Pat McGrath lipstick, with Anderson explaining that the snap is meant to evoke “a moment of introspection before going on stage”.

Wearing an ankle-length white tank top and cotton poplin shorts, the designer also hinted that the image references the “ambiguity” of Heaton’s character.

The second photo shot by Meisel showcases the 25-year-old’s tattoo-covered hand, holding a pile of dirt in an image from the photographer’s upcoming showcase, A Show of Hands.

According to Loewe’s Instagram post, which shared all three shots, it is “a symbol of protest for today’s turbulent times.”

The third and final shot is a still life photograph of Loewe’s new spring/summer 2020 Grand Puzzle Bag, which features rugby stripes as a sweet tribute to Anderson’s family background in the sport.

Heaton, who plays Jonathan Byers in the Netflix series, will next be seen wearing pieces from the show’s new collaboration with high-street label, H&M.

The Swedish retailer enlisted Heaton’s co-star, actor Dacre Montgomery, to model some of the new garments in images released earlier this month.

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Alexander Wang teams with Uniqlo on summer basics line

Alexander Wang is partnering with Uniqlo on a collection of summer basics.The New York-based designer, known for his signature use of black fabric and edgy sportswear, previously teamed with executives at the Japanese high street retailer on a limited-…

Alexander Wang is partnering with Uniqlo on a collection of summer basics.

The New York-based designer, known for his signature use of black fabric and edgy sportswear, previously teamed with executives at the Japanese high street retailer on a limited-edition collection last October (18), with the minimalist items utilising Uniqlo’s Heattech fabric, a lightweight high-tech material which actually creates heat.

Now, Wang has announced that he is working with the designers at Uniqlo once again, but this time, he has created a range with the objective of keeping wearers cool.

“Working with Uniqlo on the second season of the collaboration, it felt like there was a mutual understanding of not only aesthetics but of each other’s work ethic,” he said in a statement. “It was easier coming together this time around to accomplish a similar goal. Innovation has always been at the forefront of our design and creative process, and functionality serves a huge purpose in the way I and our customers dress.”

The basics collection includes seamless T-shirts, bras, bodysuits, tops, camisoles and bike shorts for women and tank tops and underwear for men. Items are available in an array of neutral colours, such as light pink, light blue, grey, and black, and incorporate AIRism fabric, which a Uniqlo representative described as “comfort conditioning technology”.

Wang’s designs for Uniqlo will be priced from $10 and $30 (£7.50 – £23). They are due to hit selected stores on 11 April.

Wang is no stranger to collaborations, having first worked with Uniqlo on a ready-to-wear collection in 2008, and more recently teaming with the likes of H&M, Adidas and Adidas Originals on various projects.

Other designers who recently partnered with Uniqlo on capsule collections have included Jonathan Anderson and Tomas Maier.

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Loewe unveils Dumbo-inspired capsule collection

Loewe has unveiled a capsule collection inspired by Disney’s iconic Dumbo character.The Spanish heritage brand, helmed by creative director Jonathan Anderson, celebrates the cartoon elephant from the 1941 film, based upon the storyline written by Helen…

Loewe has unveiled a capsule collection inspired by Disney’s iconic Dumbo character.

The Spanish heritage brand, helmed by creative director Jonathan Anderson, celebrates the cartoon elephant from the 1941 film, based upon the storyline written by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl.

An extension of the Loewe’s spring/summer 2019 line, the limited-edition range will launch on 29 March (19).

“This limited line of products builds on the positive nostalgia that the lovable Disney cartoon conjures in everyone’s mind,” a brand representative said. “Dumbo, the young elephant whose oversized ears enabled him to fly, became an intrinsic part of childhood for subsequent generations since he first took flight.”

Loewe’s collection features casual ready-to-wear pieces for men and women, such as a T-shirt and sweatshirt with images of Dumbo. Accessories on offer include scarves and two bags.

“Reinforcing its focus on playful functionality and advanced craft, Loewe employed a complex technique that combines marquetry and printing to apply images of Dumbo on two of the brand’s most coveted items – the Goya backpack and T Pouch. Both bag and pouch are manufactured from high-grade stone-blue (or Dumbo grey) calfskin,” they added.

Customers can register on the Loewe website for a chance to attend a pre-sale a day before the items officially go on sale too, with the events taking place in 10 stores, including Selfridges in London and the label’s flagships in Madrid and Barcelona. Prices have not yet been announced.

The Loewe x Dumbo line is unrelated to Tim Burton’s new Dumbo, a live-action reimagining of the classic which stars Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, and Eva Green. The movie is set to hit cinemas from the end of March.

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Loewe reimagines ladylike glamour for fall 19

Loewe proved muted colours don’t have to be boring with its fall/ winter 19 presentation at Paris Fashion Week.Jonathan Anderson brought his effortlessly cool, understated aesthetic to the French capital on Friday (01Mar19), dressing an army of models …

Loewe proved muted colours don’t have to be boring with its fall/ winter 19 presentation at Paris Fashion Week.

Jonathan Anderson brought his effortlessly cool, understated aesthetic to the French capital on Friday (01Mar19), dressing an army of models in laid-back, but elegant ensembles, topped off with quirky caps inspired by mid-century Coret-designed winged skullcaps.

An array of fabrics and textures were on display; from marabou feathers to leather. Satin also heavily featured, seen on a silky suit, a navy evening dress and loose cargo pants.

According to the brand, ladylike tropes of pearls, lace and broderie anglaise were reimagined in new shapes, like on an intricate black and white number which looked like a cross between a dress, shirt, and tailored jacket.

There was some colour injected into the collection, like the bold and bright deep V dress, and a yellow marabou scarf and matching hat worn which was paired with a knitted blue and black jumper, with added pom-pom detailing and baggy pinstriped pants.

Later on Friday, Olivier Rousteing showed off his latest sexy collection for Balmain.

Studded leather, sheer fabrics, and biker chic glam dominated the show, though softer looks were seen on feather-fringed denim, pretty pastel separates and a billowing silk cape top.

A parade of high-gloss patent garments, including a floor-sweeping cape, overalls and fanned bustier dress showed just how seductive Rousteing’s Balmain vision is.

Paris Fashion Week continues this weekend with shows from Vivienne Westwood and Hermes on Saturday, and Balenciaga and Givenchy on Sunday.

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Alexander Wang teaming with Uniqlo on basics line

Alexander Wang is partnering with Uniqlo on a limited-edition line of basics. The designer, known for his signature use of black fabric and edgy sportswear, previously teamed with the Japanese high street retailer on a ready-to-wear collection in 2008…

Alexander Wang is partnering with Uniqlo on a limited-edition line of basics. 

The designer, known for his signature use of black fabric and edgy sportswear, previously teamed with the Japanese high street retailer on a ready-to-wear collection in 2008.

Following the success of that partnership, Wang is working with designers at Uniqlo once again, and has announced that he is now gearing up to unveil a range of T-shirts, bodysuits, leggings, bras, and briefs for the company.

“The thing that I love about these pieces is that they can really be worn on so many different occasions,” he told Vogue.com of the concept. “Wear the bra top with a high-waisted jean and a denim jacket.”

The garments will be available in neutral colours as well as Wang’s favourite neon green. Items utilise Uniqlo’s Heattech fabric, a lightweight high-tech material which actually creates heat.

“We thought this could be a great concept where we think about how to marry the two ideas: Heattech and underwear,” the 34-year-old explained. “Heattech is a programme created out of innovation, function, and utility. It’s something that I’ve always been very inspired by, by the advancement and innovation in fabrication.”

Wang’s designs for Uniqlo will be priced from $15 and $35 (£11- £26). They are due to hit Uniqlo stores by the end of October (18).

Other designers who recently partnered with Uniqlo on capsule collections have included Jonathan Anderson and Tomas Maier.

Wang is no stranger to collaborations, teaming up with H&M, Adidas and Adidas Originals on various items since launching his brand back in 2007.

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