Let’s jump right into NYFW with a smashing collection from the 2014 CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year, Joseph Altuzarra! Citing the movies Rosemary’s Baby and Barry Lyndon as inspirations for Altuzarra SS 2015, Joseph sent models down the runway with hair net covered chignons and pastel pink painted lips. The candy colored gingham styles that opened the show were not overly sweet as the fabric usually suggests. There was a ladylike skirtsuit with a high center slit, lots of plunging necklines and sexy trimmings such as loosely tied ribbons that look as if they had been fastened in a hurry. Subtle, layered transparency was another theme. The contrast of prim against provocative is what makes Altuzarra’s aesthetic so compelling.
After the warm weather pastels, Altuzarra offered a series of fitted, striped silhouettes. One of them, was a gorgeous black and white crepe de chine shirtdress. This tantalizing design is a prime example of Altuzarra’s fresh perspective on femininity as well as his knack for supremely flattering dresses and pencil skirts. Other standouts from the collection included a precisely-cut black sleeveless pantsuit with a beaded pearl under layer and stunning eighteenth-century floral finale gowns. For Spring Summer 2015, Joseph Altuzarra strikes the perfect balance between elegant and revealing, making clothes that women really want to wear.
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