The raves and the reveries
With this most recent collection, the designer discovered some of the original 1970s prints inspired by the natural world from Paula’s kaleidoscopic archive, including ornate waterlilies and figurative mermaids, which feature on wrap dresses, unisex tees, and the iconic Loewe Balloon bag.
Alongside the trademark florals, Anderson was drawn to the island’s rave culture, a culture that has “expanded to influence subcultures across the world” he says, referencing the series of images of the latest collection, shot by Gray Sorrenti in the vibrant streets of New Delhi. Among the rave-inspired designs are shirts printed with flyers normally found on nightclub doors, outerwear in futuristic iridescent silvers and cashmere jumpers awash with hand-painted tie-dye prints. “I was interested in how Paula’s fitted into the Ibiza nightclub scene and loved the idea of juxtaposing Paula’s prints with neons. I’ve always said that Paula’s Ibiza embodies the spirit of letting go.”