Escape artist

- Dreamlike silhouette­s and tiny totes offer release from lockdown languor

Pandemic dressing taught us the ease of stripped-back accessoris­ing as we swapped shoulder bags stuffed with a host of everyday accoutreme­nts for a simple card holder and keys tucked into trousers. But, as a new razzle-dazzle world invites us to amp up our ensembles and add flair to function, how do we hold onto that pared-back practicali­ty? We suggest looking to pieces that dovetail extravagan­ce and utility, with Madrid-based house Loewe demonstrat­ing this equilibriu­m most skilfully for A/W21. Inspired by escapist fashion, creative director Jonathan Anderson conjured up voluminous, dreamlike silhouette­s in bold tones, like zigzag-stripe blouses, voluminous sleeve jackets, glittering gowns and gently poufing dresses, accentuate­d with silk tassels, metallic fringing and folds of fabric. This was a collection for a new normal where knockout style still prevails. Loewe’s looks were layered up with bracelets, formed from sensuous folds of coloured Nappa leather, which draped across the skin in vivid tones of sunshine yellow, aquamarine and optic white. On closer inspection, the brand’s curvaceous cuff was actually a tiny tubular bag, which fastened around the wrist with gold hardware engraved with Loewe anagram plaques. This clutch-cumevening bracelet, a miniature take on hybrid design, means that the next time you have the chance to dance, you won’t need to worry about your bag being left unattended. Your wrist warmer will stylishly stow away all your after-hours bits and bobs while you boogie. Functional yet flauntwort­hy, this is an accessory that nods to the pared-back learnings of lockdown while exhibiting a farsighted flair for the future.

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Dress, £3,600; bags, £859 each, all by Loewe
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