Though this season’s approach to women’s wear for Joseph Altuzarra deviated dramatically from the onslaught of fur and structured outerwear of his fall collection, the designer managed to uphold the meaning behind his aesthetic: to design for the woman who wants to feel sexy and powerful. One thing’s for sure; skin is in as evidenced by his purposely unbuttoned blouses and midriff bearing looks. But without a doubt, Altuzarra ejected a collection that made us take heed to the message with eyes wide open, not to mention Joan Smalls opening the show, gliding down the catwalk with a bold red lip and smoldering stare.
Unassuming stripes and softened, relaxed shapes permeated his assortment of French-cuff blouses and thigh-high slit pencil skirts, evoking a sense of class and seduction; neither trying to outdo the other.
Carefully constructed ponchos boastfully billowed over shirt dresses for an ingenious cover-up – his being the perfect alternative to an anorak on those chilly spring nights.
His take on every woman’s staple – the cardigan – was slightly unexpected, yet inviting. His were replete with a barrage of buttons and embroidery, while he brilliantly manipulated the silhouette on muted tones and softer fabrics.
A foray of fringe was on the menu for Altuzarra this season, as he injected the trend into tops, printed patchwork skirts, and leather dresses for a modern take on the 1920′s flapper.
Rounding out this collection was his selection of metallic pieces most suitable for evening wear, from a resplendent silver skirt paired with a gray cardigan to a glossy golden frock that closed out the show.
All in all, Altuzarra birthed a collection that celebrated strength in femininity and a refined level of seduction.
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