Thursday, July 10, 2008

A Job (Quite) Well Done ... Loewe Resort 2009

There’s nothing much to talk about Stuart Vevers’s Resort collection for Loewe, except for one thing – it’s much better compared to the fall/winter.

A well-developed resort collection, to be honest, it doesn’t look like a resort collection to me at all since the clothes do not reflect the spirit and feel of a holidaying jetsetter.

You know, the type of mood when filthy rich ladies with wads of cash stuffed inside her four Bottega Veneta large Karung Cabats holidaying on Queen Elizabeth II cruise to Bahamas or her own private yacht.

Instead, the mood of the collection reflects more of a jetsetter getting herself busy day-to-day, like attending morning coffees with fellow socialites, (maybe) making back and forth trips meeting he
r lawyer discussing possibilities of earning one-half of her ex-husband’s wealth because he cheated her for the bosomy one, or just showing up at glamorous gala balls.

Showcased to the fashion press and buyers recently in Paris, the collection features combination of nautical and military nuances with classic silhouettes circa Monsieur Dior’s New Look era and a little sportswear influence. Modelled entirely by Kasia Struss, the show kicked off with a grey military jacket worn with dark red slim tailored trousers and a classic white shirt.

Since cold, chilly wind and traces of snow prevails at pre-spring, Stuart also included a double-breasted trench coat in shiny black with knee-length hem and silver flat buckle detail on the self-belt.

Hair slicked back with a touch of blood red lipstick on the lips; the timeless outerwear is matched beautifully with a pair of open-toed patent heels and a slouchy oversized hobo in python.

Besides the sombreness of plain grey, black, and some occasional presence of red and pink on the working palette, Stuart also threw in moving prints into the collection.

According to Sarah Mower from, the prints were remixe
d from two of his best friends’ works – scarf designs of Julie Verhoeven and stunning jewellery pieces by Katie Hillier, both London-based.

But if there were two things that deserve my two thumbs up, they would be the eveningwear and the bags. For the evening section, Stuart did pour quite an effort and that can be visibly seen on the shiny grey dress with soft pleats, sweetheart neck, and a large bow detail on the waist. The frivolous black tutu-like tulle dress too is an eye-catching piece for your ideal evening under the stars.

And since everyone in the fashion sphere knew Stuart very well as one of celebrated bag maker thanks to his previous stints with Bottega Veneta and Mulberry, the trendy day and evening bags would be the reason for Loewe fans to bombard the stores soon.

Probably high on every fashionistas’ list would be the iconic Amazona in black matte fabric with red leather handles.

Loewe’s resort 2009 ready-to-wear and accessories collection will be available from December 2009 onwards at all Loewe boutiques and selected upscale retailers worldwide.

*Photos by Marcio Madeira for

Loewe – Ground Floor, Suria KLCC, Jalan Ampang, 50088 Kuala Lumpur; Indulge Floor, Starhill Gallery, 181 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur; Ground Floor, Isetan The Gardens, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur.

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