Loewe’s strange tribute to Charles Rennie Mackintosh

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". (...)

This is not a clutch: The art of Nathalie Trad

Born in Beirut and raised in Dubai, where she still lives and works, fashion designer Nathalie Trad confesses to « a strong penchant for asymmetric designs ». The designer loves « to take classic shapes – ubiquitous in our natural environment – and radically transform them, deconstructing and redefining the boundaries of fashion aesthetics. » A design ethos which translates into one-of-a-kind clutches made of wood, hammered copper, mother of pearl, shells... The Fashion designer studied in Paris at Esmod international and in New York, at the Parsons School of Design. Her newest collection (she debuted her eponymous brand in 2013) is titled « Cipher 1.61 », which she describes as her own «visual interpretation of the universal geometric order. ».