Altuzarra Spring/Summer 2016 Collection – New York Fashion Week
Every fashion-conscious girl is sure to have her own vision towards the industry that needs to somehow find its way to the real life, taking some physical forms and structures. That is why the runway shows have already become such much-expected and outstanding events for many of us. This is a unique period for us to put together all our inward vibrations and fluctuations and unbind them right at the show, finding their earthly versions on a sultry silky camisole dress or linen flaring pants. Joseph Altuzarra, the founder and creative director of the eponymous fashion house, is a real master when it comes to penetrating into our inner world, investigate it minutely and tailor staples that sing together in unison. The reason may lie in his bizarre inspirational sources that come to him quite unexpectedly and give birth to his ultra-feminine and ultra-attractive collections, including the Altuzarra spring/summer 2016 ready-to-wear line unveiled just recently.
Let us trace back to his spring 2015 collection and recall his inspirational sources being the movies “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Barry Lyndon” or the fall 2015 lineup, which was inspired by “Swans and Dandies”. For spring 2016, Altuzarra found inspiration in his Basque heritage and culture. According to the designer that idea came to him when attending the exhibition by Charles Freger called “Wilder Mann”, which was about pagan costumes that all the Europeans wear during the festivals, including traditional Basques. That is the reason why the Altuzarra spring 2016 collection is overwhelmed with wildness, ferity and close-to-nature materials, like linen, cotton and burlap.
Altuzarra’s style has nothing to do with positive and carefree girls, it is meant for fatal women, who send some dangerous and sinister touches to the surroundings. Through the natural materials used, the shirtdresses, skirts and pants appear to be somehow wrinkled and crumpled but in no way slipshod or untidy; just on the contrary, only Altuzarra could have managed to use that feature as the best guarantee of the feminine sensuality and passion, which was even better enhanced by loose drawstrings or slid-off shoulders. If you are planning to follow Altuzarra’s style this spring, just get ready to intentionally forget fastening the buttons on your dress or just be so absent-minded as not to fix the lapels of your shirt and even go far by sliding off drawstrings of your dresses. Only after that will you be able to completely prove yourself to be Altuzarra’s faithful follower this spring, as well.
The brand keeps up fascinating the fashion hunters with its sky-high side slits that have already become Altuzarra’s signature feature. Some of the skirts or dresses without any unbuttoned designs or slipping sleeves will include those intriguing slit that will never fail in awakening the imagination. Show after show we come to ascertain that dip-dye designs will become trendy throughout the upcoming spring and Altuzarra is among those trendsetters. In the midst of the runway show we witnessed dip-dye effects on a blue-tan-black shirt and midi dress or on a green-black dress.
With all this sprezzatura around, Altuzarra, however, has preserved typical-of-him elegance through a couple of croc leather options. The show’s luxury and opulence was provided by a handful of pieces, embellished with mother-of-pearl buttons. Special attention should also be paid to the espadrilles with lace-up designs, as well as fringed saddlebags and totes. The makeup and hair of the models was also very close to natural looks, once more emphasizing the fact that female sensuality lies in the ability to break all the stereotypes.
Photos courtesy of Vogue