A beautiful tale about a shy, unwitting heroine, Sophie – because, let's face it, she's the true hero of the story – who is helped through a tumultuous journey to self-love by the wizard Howl, who unintentionally is also the one who gets her in trouble. The Witch of the Waste, Howl's past lover, senses trouble when seeing Sophie, which is why she turns her into an old lady, but unbeknownst to her, ultimately this spell is what helps Sophie overcome most of her insecurities, as she learns that old age is a marker of wisdom, and the passing of time should not be feared. All of this is elegantly shown in Loewe's garments and accessories; Howl may be the Internet's boyfriend but Jonathan Anderson understands to shed also beauty and light on other rightfully important characters, not only Sophie but Calcifer, the house itself, Hin the dog and Prince Justin the scarecrow.
We find these characters in Puzzle, Flamenco, Hammock, Amazona and Luna bags as well as the Bracelet pouch, on small leather items, sweaters, jackets and shirts. We can find actual frames for the movie and not only that, a jacket that mimics Howl's feathers and even a replica of his one-off earring. The house itself appears as a collage made of scraps of fabrics seen in the brand's most emblematic bags, and Calcifer, the adorable fire demon from the film, has inspired a new aromatic candle from Loewe's home fragrance collection which smells of incense, sempervivum, patchouli, vetiver, toasted almond and elemi.
In many ways, Loewe has brought us just the film that we need at the moment. Set in a fictional country at war with a protagonist, Sophie, who does not know what to make of her circumstances but is persuaded at the end by Howl to take a stance against the king in order to end it – after all, director Hayao Miyazaki is a pacifist. We can see our world reflected, somehow intertwined with the one presented in Howl's Moving Castle, hopefully, we'll learn our lesson, just as Sophie and Howl do.