Loewe’s balloon heels and bag boots give Fall 2022 fashion a surreal twist

Surreal times call for surreal measures. So it is with Loewe’s fall 22 fashion show.

JW Anderson has offered an artistic, sometimes quirky point of view since he took the reins of the Spanish luxury brand almost ten years ago, in 2013. But for the past few seasons, the aesthetic of the Northern Irish designer veers more towards surreal and edgy, a turn he attributed directly to how the pandemic has changed lives — and how fashion might reflect that. For Spring 22, Anderson showed off a series of 3D-shaped metallic chest plates that both read like armor and something more sculptural, even grotesque in their angles. With a series of sandals featuring red roses and faux cracked eggshells as heels, the looks captured a tension and weirdness of the times.

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Loewe balloon boots for fall ’22.  - Credit: courtesy of Loewe

Loewe’s balloon boots for Fall 22. – Credit: Courtesy of Loewe

Courtesy of Loewe

This time around, Anderson swapped egg-yolk heels for balloons at Loewe’s Friday show at Paris Fashion Week. While confidence in the end of the pandemic may grow, the world has swapped one crisis for another (or added one). Anderson’s eggshell sandals may have alluded to the feeling of delicate walking, while her balloon shoes suggest the whole thing could be erupting very soon.

Ultimately, the designer cited both a “raw primitiveness” and a “kinky thrill,” to lead the collection, which was heavy on texture and tactile sensations of latex, leather, felt, tweed, fibers 3D printed, silk and resin.

Loewe’s bag boots for fall ’22.  - Credit: courtesy of Loewe

Loewe bag boots for fall ’22. – Credit: courtesy of Loewe

Courtesy of Loewe

Loewe balloon sandals for fall ’22.  - Credit: courtesy of Loewe

Loewe’s balloon sandals for Fall 22. – Credit: Courtesy of Loewe

Courtesy of Loewe

To add to the chaos of the collection, Anderson added other touches such as draped dresses with lip bibs, balloon bras, denim boots and belted sandals. But closer examination and a hint of the show’s ratings indicate that the collection may have more optimism than surface-level tension. “The chaos of genesis is reconstructed through elements that are not defeatist,” read the show’s notes.

Launch Gallery: Loewe Fall 2022 Collection

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