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Re­dis­cov­er­ing in­sou­ciance through Loewe’s sec­ond col­lab­o­ra­tion with Paula’s.

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Re­turn to is­land life.

The laid-back at­ti­tude to life that’s of­ten as­so­ci­ated with those who adopt the ‘sun, sand and sea’ style of liv­ing has lit­tle to no con­nec­tion to those who live in the city. It’s an ex­is­tence city folk might choose in small doses to get away from the daily grind, but rarely do they adopt the at­ti­tude that comes with it. It’s an al­most child­like in­no­cence and con­fi­dence, pack­aged with spades of care­free­ness—qual­i­ties that the Loewe man and woman seem to share un­der the eye of creative di­rec­tor Jonathan An­der­son.

It’s this same spirit that’s en­cap­su­lated in Loewe’s sec­ond part­ner­ship with ’70s Ibizan bou­tique Paula’s. Gray Sor­renti, the model/pho­tog­ra­pher daugh­ter of renowned fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher Mario Sor­renti, cap­tured the ex­u­ber­ance of youth clad in this sea­son’s Loewe Paula’s Ibiza col­lec­tion. The im­ages were shot in New Or­leans, a city that Sor­renti con­nects with, in­stead of the ob­vi­ous beach com­mune of Ibiza. And in some ways, there are sim­i­lar­i­ties between the two—the laid-back im­pro­vi­sa­tions of jazz and the is­land life, the artis­tic en­claves and, ac­cord­ing to Sor­renti, “it’s just cool and easy”. It’s not hard to imag­ine the same non­cha­lant vibe as por­trayed on the streets of New Or­leans re­flect­ing onto Ibiza ei­ther.

If the first Loewe Paula’s Ibiza col­lab­o­ra­tion last year was vi­brant with a mash-up of archival prints and bo­hemian-styled pair­ings, this sopho­more at­tempt takes it up a few notches. There are no­tice­ably more sum­mer-ready menswear and uni­sex pieces this time around than be­fore. These run the gamut from printed swimwear to equally colour­ful ter­rycloth hood­ies with match­ing beach tow­els.

As if chan­nelling the piz­zazz of Fred­die Mer­cury—the late le­gend is said to be a client of Paula’s—this sea­son’s Loewe Paula’s Ibiza col­lec­tion in­cor­po­rates se­quins. In­laid in an ar­ray of colours, the se­quins, quite hu­mor­ously, form a mer­maid print. Se­quins for a day at the beach, you ques­tion? It’s all in the name of em­brac­ing that care­free beach spirit; just throw all that cau­tion to the ocean breeze.

The Loewe Paula’s Ibiza cap­sule col­lec­tion is avail­able at Casa Loewe Paragon.

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