Loewe’s strange tribute to Charles Rennie Mackintosh

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Loewe x Mackintosh – This capsule collection may leave the fans of the famed “Glasgow Four” a bit puzzled… To mark the visionary designer and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s 150 birthday – and following the dramatic fire that destroyed his masterpiece, the Glasgow School of Art-, Loewe has just unveiled a tribute collection.

Jonathan Anderson, the artistic director of the renowned Spanish luxury brand, has widely spoken about his fascination with the arts and crafts movement, himself an avid collector of works by William Morris and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. But as much as one can admire Ms Cranston’s tearoom rose pattern, was it necessary to design an all-over patterned garment? Yes, it looks awkward. Likewise, Mackintosh’s most famous geometrical patterns have been used very literally, leaving no space for re-interpretation whatsoever. Glaswegians coined a term that could apply to those: “Mockintosheries”. (…)

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As announced on the luxury fashion brand website, “LOEWE is launching a special seasonal collection inspired by the work of renowned Scottish architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928). Regarded as one of the originators of modernism, his seismic influence on the 20th century Arts & Crafts movement is still being felt to this day.

With a full Accessories line, as well as Ready-to-Wear for men and women, the capsule collection celebrates the vast scope of the designer´s work, from his architecture through to his furniture design. Playing with these various facets of the Mackintosh universe, LOEWE honours his distinctive aesthetic by incorporating his signature grid patterns, stained glass windows and botanical watercolours across the range.”

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