For Spring 2013, designer Stuart Vevers was all about sporty luxe. Chic leather pencil skirts were juxtaposed with varsity jackets that came in a variety of colors and prints. Hoods also gave dresses and coats a seriously sporty feel. Safari-inspired pieces, like a cargo vest and dress with oversize pockets, were also sprinkled throughout the show for variety. Thigh-high slits, sheer fabrics, and crop tops gave Loewe's latest line a sexy undertone, while the olive green, bright red, black, and yellow color scheme was serious-slash-spunky.
An organic color palette of black, sand, and rust set the stage for Loewe's Parisian-chic Spring 2013 collection. Designer Stuart Vevers brought a crisp minimalism to the runway, offering up chic bra tops, formfitting pencil skirts, hooded leather jackets, and sleek laser-cut suede lace pieces like trench coats and shift dresses. Vevers found inspiration for his collection in Gala Dalí, the wife and muse of Surrealist painter Salvador Dalí — a woman whose mystery and sex appeal was trumped only by her sense of adventure. The designer captured that fearless spirit in travel-worn utilitarian pieces like a low-cut suede safari dress and artfully draped hooded coats and introduced a new spin on ladylike dressing. It also makes perfect sense that the Loewe Spring '13 collection was styled by another strong, daring woman with a glamorous edge — Carine Roitfeld.
>> The message was black leather — and lots of it. It was there in nearly every incarnation and in an endless array of textures — pebbled, hammered, matte, and laser-cut. Silhouettes were boxy and '60s-tinged on top and knee-length and full-flared on the bottom, making for a combo that felt downtown and chic — especially when paired with the house's terrific new box-bags. In shiny textured calfskin, they were real knockouts.
>> Loewe Trying to Break Into US Market After 10 Years' Absence—When Stuart Vevers joined Loewe in 2007, he was known for creating it bags at Mulberry. At Loewe, however, he wanted to do simple, classic bags — a concept that he says the brand's executives initially struggled to grasp: "I think there was some confusion as I was explaining that it was time to move on." Now, however, Loewe chief executive Lisa Montague says she "strongly believes in Stuart's ability and his sensitivity to understand the evolution of the market." Pared-down bags are certainly in demand at the moment, and now Loewe — which wasn't sold in US stores for at least 10 years, is trying to reestablish a presence. Since the brand lacks a big ad budget, the strategy has been to place bags in the hands of the likes of Angelina Jolie. So far, three US stores are signed up to sell Loewe: Bergdorf Goodman, Jeffrey, and Hirshleifer's on New York's Long Island. [WSJ]