If your daily experience is feeling a little bit too mundane, Spanish luxury brand Loewe has tapped the whimsical world of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli’s incredible film Spirited Away to bring back a little spark to it.
The capsule collection captures scenes and characters from the beloved movie – the young and spirited protagonist Chihiro, the incredible scene-stealing Yubaba and everyone’s favourite mysterious no-faced No Face and of course, Haku.
The familiar motifs will appear across a range of ready-to-wear, blankets and scarves, as well as appearing on leather and canvas bags including the Amazona, Puzzle, Hammock and Flamenco, totes and small leather accessories.
This partnership feels like a perfect fit for the Spanish brand that, under the hand of creative director Jonathan Anderson, has continuously explored how fashion is wearable fantasy and the summation of an unlimited imagination.
Beyond print and colourways, Anderson has progressively pushed proportions, silhouettes and fabrications into fascinating new directions.
These same creative tools are used to bring the characters to life in a multi-dimensional,tactile way.
Images are made textually alive through jacquard, print, appliquè and patch, and leather marquetry, or embroidery.
Landscapes turn into allover prints while Susuwatari are interpreted as pompoms or as tufty bags.
By stressing tactility and the transformation of surfaces, the artisans at Loewe bring the characters depicted to life, just as the movie’s spirits are begin to manifest in the real world.
A particularly special detail was inspired by the classic Japanese technique known as ‘boro’ which consists of mended and indigo-dyed scraps patchworked together, creating intarsia of Kasuri textiles and Anagram jacquard canvas on both ready-to-wear and bags.
The collaboration will be available in store at Loewe but items will be limited in stock.
If you ever wanted to be in your very own Studio Ghibli film – or relive the magic of Spirited Away at any given moment – now’s the time.