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AltuzarraSpring Summer 2015 New York

Runway Review
9/7/2014 Faith Cummings/fashionwirepress.com

Prints anyone? There were patterns galore on the runway of Joseph Altuzarra's Spring collection: checks (courtesy of gingham), stripes, and a floral vine to be exact. They added a decorative flair to the already highly sophisticated looks where tailoring was paramount, slits were aplenty, and silhouettes were streamlined.

A pink gingham skirt suit with a thigh-high front slit opened the show: a real beauty when paired with a sleek chignon, dainty drop earrings, rosy lips, and strappy t-strap pumps. A couple of other suits were shown in the fabric - unexpectedly powerful for designs in a textile that is typically defined as lighthearted. Separates in gingham felt the most approachable on a button-front shirt that could easily become a Spring wardrobe staple, ankle-strap pumps and a short-sleeved shirt dress that both will transition seamlessly from work to play, and a high-waist pencil skirt that had a bit of Mad Men sensibility. The designs were at the intersection of the office, a garden party, and a vacation on Martha's Vineyard - an exercise that might be performed in the minds of Altuzarra's customers before purchasing takes place.

Stripes were showcased on many of the same silhouettes, though a collarless coat with brown leather trim and a henley shirt dress cinched at the waist felt very fresh and effortless: not always the case with a print that is attention-hogging by nature. The aforementioned floral vines injected some vibrancy into the lineup on swim-ready separates, a plunging v-neckline dress with cascading tiers of ruffles, and a romantic halter gown that will surely work on the red carpet of some far-flung film festival.

Leather was up next with lattice-work vests, a dress, and pencil skirt stealing the show. These were the brand's sultry displays of skin - not at all for the faint of heart but still decidedly modern and cool. Those weren't the only provocative looks offered though, as sheer gowns left little to the imagination: sure to have impressed the sheer frock maven herself Rihanna who took in the scene from the front row.

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9/7/2014 Faith Cummings/fashionwirepress.com

Prints anyone? There were patterns galore on the runway of Joseph Altuzarra's Spring collection: checks (courtesy of gingham), stripes, and a floral vine to be exact. They added a decorative flair to the already highly sophisticated looks where tailoring was paramount, slits were aplenty, and silhouettes were streamlined.

A pink gingham skirt suit with a thigh-high front slit opened the show: a real beauty when paired with a sleek chignon, dainty drop earrings, rosy lips, and strappy t-strap pumps. A couple of other suits were shown in the fabric - unexpectedly powerful for designs in a textile that is typically defined as lighthearted. Separates in gingham felt the most approachable on a button-front shirt that could easily become a Spring wardrobe staple, ankle-strap pumps and a short-sleeved shirt dress that both will transition seamlessly from work to play, and a high-waist pencil skirt that had a bit of Mad Men sensibility. The designs were at the intersection of the office, a garden party, and a vacation on Martha's Vineyard - an exercise that might be performed in the minds of Altuzarra's customers before purchasing takes place.

Stripes were showcased on many of the same silhouettes, though a collarless coat with brown leather trim and a henley shirt dress cinched at the waist felt very fresh and effortless: not always the case with a print that is attention-hogging by nature. The aforementioned floral vines injected some vibrancy into the lineup on swim-ready separates, a plunging v-neckline dress with cascading tiers of ruffles, and a romantic halter gown that will surely work on the red carpet of some far-flung film festival.

Leather was up next with lattice-work vests, a dress, and pencil skirt stealing the show. These were the brand's sultry displays of skin - not at all for the faint of heart but still decidedly modern and cool. Those weren't the only provocative looks offered though, as sheer gowns left little to the imagination: sure to have impressed the sheer frock maven herself Rihanna who took in the scene from the front row.


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