Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s just a model from Loewe’s Fall 2023 ready-to-wear show. Creative director Jonathan Anderson continues his exploration of pop art for Loewe’s Fall 2023 ready-to-wear show, which took place on March 3 in Paris. Models snaked down 21 colorful cubes of confetti created in collaboration with artist Lara Favaretto that were scattered around the inside of Château De Vincennes to the tune of Nicki Minaj’s Roman’s Revenge wearing ultra-playful and creative pieces that the Northern Irish designer has become known for.
This season, Anderson decided to explore different materials and textures such as feathers, which culminated into a series of jackets, trousers, and tops made entirely out of plumage. Is it fun? Yes. Is it wearable? Probably not for the average person, but we can certainly picture Loewe house muses and brand ambassadors such as Korean rapper Taeyong (who was sat front row) and Canadian actress Taylor Russell looking fly in the animalia-inspired garments.
There was also a lot of leather in the form of strapless mini hot pink Polly Pocket-esque dresses, beautifully-cut separates, oversized trench coats worn with nothing underneath, and slouchy boots that looked like leather trousers; in addition to a strong emphasis on printed dresses— a white, floral dress was a possible reference to 2019 horror film Midsommar, which served as the main reference point for the show’s set. And, let’s not forget the trompe-l’oeil pieces, the ultimate signature of Jonathan Anderson, who churned out a lineup of flowy kaftans, which resembled outerwear.
Speaking of outerwear, it was sumptuous. We gasped out loud when we first saw the long, brown and white fur coat on the runway. And when it came to the accessories, models carried oversized leather totes that we’ll probably see everywhere in the weeks to come. With his ability to create coveted pieces season-after-season while simultaneously manufacturing moments that successfully set the internet ablaze, this latest Loewe show just confirms our belief that the designer, and his inimitable knack for the uncanny, can do no wrong. If anything, it’s Jonathan Anderson’s whimsical world, and we’re all just living in it.