The New York Fashion Week starts next week on September 7. This year there will be multiple changes predominantly in the schedule. Big names such as Altuzzara, Rodarte, Thom Browne, and Proenza Schouler decided to show their collections in Paris. Probably this was the reason why the NYFW will end one day earlier than usual. The last shows will happen on September 13.
During the NYFW designers will show their spring 2018 women’s collections. Some designers moved to Paris, but there are still many exciting names that will show their designs next week. Among the fashion houses that are returning this year to the NYFW are Tom Ford and Fenty x Puma by Rihanna. Both shows are expected to have a high-profile audience full of celebrities and influencers. There are also some designers who will show at NYFW for the first time. The cool streetwear label Daisy approved by Kim Kardashian West is on the schedule for this year. Next, Matthew Adams Dolan, Rihanna’s go-to denim designer will also make his debut on the NYFW. Other new names include Snow Xue Gao, Lou Dallas and Barragan and LRS. The plus-size clothing brand Addition Elle will also be part of the NYFW for the first time ever. Models such as Ashley Graham and Jordyn Woods will walk the runway for the brand. This is expected to be the most body-positive NYFW so far.
Another change this year is the location. Rumor has it that Brooklyn will be the center of the fashion events this year. Some of the brands already confirmed their locations in Brooklyn. Additionally, some designers choose out of town locations. Ralph Lauren, for example, will show his collection 46.1 miles from One World Trade Center. The designer will present Spring 2018 designs in his garage in Bedford. More designers are leaving the runway concept and opt for a more intimate atmosphere. This way, the audience has a closer look at the designs. Designers, on the other hand, get an opportunity to connect with the audience on a more personal level. This year Narciso Rodriguez and Rag and Bone will show the collections in their ateliers.
The NYFW has many new faces this year. The most popular one is Kaia Gerber, the 16-year-old daughter of the former supermodel Cindy Crawford. Kaia is the new face of the Daisy perfume by Marc Jacobs. Therefore, we should expect the model to make her debut at the NYFW on the Marc Jacobs’ show.
There are also many fashion films this year and upgraded in-between show snacks. Movies, snacks, and fashion seem like a perfect idea to spend the week.
Since the day the Duchess of Cambridge entered in the royal family we fell in love with her impeccable style. Her discreet feminine fashion expression is an inspiration to many fashion-forward moms and business woman.
Let’s take a moment to admire Kate Middleton’s best style moments.
Polka Dot Dress
Kate looked astonishing in a Dolce & Gabbana polka-dot midi dress and beige Victoria Beckham bag.
Altuzarra’s creative director Joseph Altuzarra just brought literature and art into fashion with his latest Altuzarra fall/winter 2017-18 ready-to-wear collection, unveiled at New York Fashion Week a few hours ago.
With art and literature being at the center of this collection, the staples created were extremely intricate in their style, silhouette and patterns, the intricacy of which was also Altuzarra’s reference to the complexity of the human nature (an acknowledgment we should meditate on more, these days).
“It was a time, when people became interested in how people really looked,” Joseph Altuzarra explained after quoting one of the Altuzarra fall/winter 2017-18 rtw collection’s biggest sources of inspiration, namely Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth. “Look like th’ innocent flower, but be the serpent under ’t.”
This latest take on winter fashion was a field, wherein the designer could experiment more with fashion, and where he could converge his passion for Northern Renaissance paintings, too. With new subjects such as landscape and genre painting, the Northern Renaissance artists injected a breath of fresh air to their contemporaries, also developing advanced techniques in terms of realistic, expressive altarpiece art and oil paintings.
Like a Northern Renaissance painter, Joseph Altuzarra also captured a new vision of the fall/winter 2017-18 season, overwhelming the New York Fashion Week’s catwalk with a dream array of botanical patterns, either printed or embroidered, that won’t go forgotten for sure.
To further correlate fashion with art, he also drew inspiration from the Gothic period, mixing Gothic and Renaissance references all together. The Altuzarra fall/winter 2017-18 collection could be divided into two main sections, with the first one being a sort of retro-futuristic travel in the Gothic/Victorian world, and the second one being the Renaissance-inspired one.
While in the first part, dark tones, vertical striped patterns and pencil figures are mainly to be found, the second part embraces more cheerful patterns with flared lines, airy figures and even pops of bright colors, such as yellow, taking over the scene. Between such sections, Joseph Altuzarra had fun mix-and-matching their different motifs with one another, constantly playing with both the proportions and the embellishments.
That is why, within the abounding amount of proposals, everything from oversized coats to structured jackets with puffed-up shoulders, or even to sensual hourglass dresses with a shell-embroidered adornment, was showcased.
Filled with separates, the Altuzarra fall 2017 collection could help anyone find that one, must-have staple to brace oneself before winter comes. Toward the end Altuzarra even thought about those who are specifically looking for a passe partout, not-too-formal dress, showcasing what is already considered as his trademark grand finale of three gorgeously feminine frocks.
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Pre-fall collection after collection, it really seems we are already tracing a common continuum of trends for the upcoming pre-fall 2017 season, as seen in the recently unveiled Altuzarra pre-fall 2017 lineup as well.
Like many other pre-fall 2017 lineups, Joseph Altuzarra’s collection is all about floral patterns, stiletto heels, and mid lengths as well, as seen, for example, in Erdem’s and Bottega Veneta’s pre-fall 2017 collections, too.
Joseph Altuzzarra’s contribution to the pre-fall 2017 season consists of a dream array of solid-colored total looks, the outcomes of which make the fashion designer particularly happy with his designs. “I love trunk shows,” he declared backstage.
What can make us customers particularly happy, aside from the Altuzarra pre-fall 2017 collection’s terrific variety of styles, is the fact that Joseph Altuzarra is committed to more affordable kind of fashion, which is still made of high quality designs and materials, yet is not too expensive as like other collections.
“I think women are feeling that everything has gotten too expensive,” explained the designer, whose desire to broaden his target audience is extremely interesting in terms of both fashion and marketing. “A very large part of our customer base works and needs suits for work. We’ve seen a huge uptick in interest in our tailoring in general, but also a desire for new shapes and things that feel more fashionable with a capital F.”
Joseph Altuzarra’s way to interpret such requests is thus particularly vivid in the Altuzarra pre-fall 2017 lineup, as it mainly features day-to-day outfits that all uniquely feature a much covetable high fashion extra factor. Almost each one of his staples got, in fact, dipped into a sort of Victorian age nostalgia, as it mixes modest figures with edgier detailing, such as sheer patterns, plunging slits and layered scalloped hems.
Most of the silhouettes inevitably remind us of Forties-inspired signature figures, as seen in Erdem’s and Bottega Veneta’s pre-fall 2017 collections as well.
The Altuzarra pre-fall 2017 lineup’s versatility got then transposed to total black outfits, which can be easily styled up if paired with fancy jewelry pieces or standout accessories, such as this collection’s thigh-high boots and ultra elegant handbags.
Tight-high boots, pointy shoes and mini bags are, in fact, one of the Altuzarra pre-fall 2017 collection’s main protagonists, which we bet are just giving us a glimpse of the forthcoming Altuzarra fall/winter 2017-18 collection, the accessories of which will surely take over this February’s New York Fashion Week.
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For the Altuzarra spring/summer 2017 runway show at New York Fashion Week, Joseph Altuzarra created his own fashion era by combining two unlikely decades. The clothes in the line were styled with sweet and notable trends from the ’90s, with recognizable silhouettes derived from the fashion world of the ’50s pinup scene, including high-waisted garments, sweet jacket dresses, and off-the-shoulder tops.
The collection is just a happy interlude into what Altuzarra recognizes as a trying time. “The election is hard,” he began, in a pre-show interview. “I wanted something that felt happy, joyous, flirty, and fun.”
Wild at Heart, a film directed by David Lynch, was a point of inspiration for this collection. The multicultural designer approached his inspiration with sophistication, never going too literal with his interpretations. He did create a series of garments using a python print, though, that tied very closely with the film, and Nicolas Cage’s character in particular.
Other garments featured some adorable prints, like fruits, gingham, and stripes. What gave the clothes that extra cutesy flair was the use of matching patterned tights. In other places still, his use of a bubblegum pink mixed with gingham came across especially young, in a “Barbie goes to Dollywood” kind of way.
The models looked polished and ready to work, but in a countrified way. So all in all, this wasn’t the most feminine collection; it was girly and fun, as the designer was aiming for it to be.
The line also featured several bralettes that will prove difficult to wear for a majority of women (due to the notable lack of coverage), and as noted earlier Altuzarra also created off-the-shoulder silhouettes, which is a common runway trend for the season. With bras also trending right now, the designer seems to be right on target for fashion week, but he has also taken a wildly different spin than others have, falling way more on the side of girly than sexy as most designers have done.
Despite all of his nostalgic, flirty choices, though, Altuzarra really honed his tailoring skills, creating some smart garments like pencil skirts and other officewear for the woman looking to expand her professional wardrobe while not giving up her fun and young style!
And on the more casual side of the line were his shirtdresses, which are a must have for any woman’s wardrobe, but it was his ruffle-bottomed sundresses that were the most captivating casual pieces, since they were cute and maintained the fun prints in a more everyday silhouette. He even found out a way to make his lemon print into a beautiful and elegant finale gown!
Now, whether you like the designs in the Altuzarra spring 2017 ready-to-wear collection or not, you can’t deny that it was one of the most joyous collection that has walked the New York Fashion Week runway thus far. Mission accomplished, Altuzarra!
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Everyone knows that high-slit pencil skirts are Joseph Altuzarra’s signature design, which translates really well on the commercial side of his luxury ready-to-wear designs. The garments sell well on the floor, and if it’s not broken, why fix it? For the Altuzarra resort 2017 collection, the designer gave us that staple slit in a few of high-knee length skirts, and also a short slit in a miniskirt, which was a rather surprising, modern and youthful update to the design. A lot of the garments in his collection were a balancing act between mature sophistication and youthful sexiness, all in a great rendition of a ready-to-wear collection for the everyday, modern woman.
“I didn’t want ‘a huge look,’ but things women want to wear every day,” said Altuzarra in an interview with Vogue during the showing in the designer’s showroom on Thursday morning. It seems this designer chose to go a more commercial route for his resort designs.
There are no set boundaries for what a designer should create for this mid-season showing; some opt for luxurious and exotic line, some use it for their creations that wouldn’t fit into a set seasons, and others still just use it as an outlet for more ready-to-wear clothes for their customers. Altuzarra is one designer who goes for the last option of the three listed, as he said in his interview, and as showed in his line.
Some looks were made clearly for sophisticated women, while others took youthful, cool trends and turned them into something a mature, sophisticated woman would love to wear. The latter might seem like a bit of a contradiction, but Altuzarra pulls it off in a fabulous way.
But the Altuzarra resort 2017 collection also wasn’t created totally out of the blue. Many of the techniques and details were pulled from his past collections but were implemented in new ways. Pulled from his spring/summer 2015 show based on Rosemary’s Baby was Altuzarra’s houndstooth pattern, which came this time in the form of many silhouettes: a full houndstooth pantsuit, the black and white slitted mini (paired with an ankle boot of the same pattern), and other garments as well, interspersed throughout the whole collection.
Also from the past was his successful spring 2016 tie-dye patterning, here seen on skirts and dresses. He has decided to use the resort season to showcase some of his best work from the past few years, in ways that women will want to wear in 2017. Because, as he said to a group in his showroom in similar fashion to his statement with Vogue, “…it’s really important to think about pieces that might not be ‘Fashion’ with a capital F, but are pieces you really want to wear every day that are super easy, that feel really good.”
With his strong yet strategically simple collection, that point was emphasized over and over again through the clothes themselves.
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Luxury fashion retailer Matchesfashion.com has teamed up with luxury womenswear designer Joseph Altuzarra for a summertime capsule collection. The line features five looks created in five fabrics, so consumers can have a chance to find their perfect silhouette as well as an ideal fabric and pattern. The whole collection is of shirtdresses, the signature look from Altuzarra, and they are the perfect addition to any summer wardrobe – as long as they stay in stock long enough.
“Last summer we had these beautiful [pieces] from Altuzarra that customers were fighting over,” said Ruth Chapman, founder of Matchesfashion.com alongside her husband Tom. “I had people crying over the phone because they couldn’t get their hands on them – and we had a few of them. We just needed more.”
Snagging an Altuzarra shirtdress is a prize to behold when they fly off the shelves so quickly (you could practically hear the devastating tears of the unfortunate caller Chapman mentioned). The initial dress that sparked this signature craze was a particular gingham shirtdress that was produced for the spring/summer of 2015. And so, this collection of exclusive Altuzarra shirtdresses in a variety of styles is an ideal outcome for everybody. Now, there’s no guarantee these looks won’t fly from the shelves just as quickly, but the chances do seem to be looking up for shoppers. Although when the line is initially released the mad-dash for grabbing up the first garments will probably be wild.
The capsule collection will go live on April 27, in an interesting presentation format. The online retailer is hosting its first ever “digital trunk show,” as they have called it, and Altuzarra’s shirtdresses will be a profitable showing for this new leg of business. Technology has been helping brands and designers reach a greater client base during recent times in particular, but the extent to which is can expand on e-commerce is uncharted as of yet. The digital trunk show gives customers an immediate connection when the line is released, and might invoke a deeper connection with the brand, in turn. The possibilities for further technology incorporation are virtually limitless, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Tom Chapman touched on some of the pros and cons of the system.
“I think one of our biggest challenges it to keep up with technology, but it’s also an opportunity. What technology can bring to you – that’s going to be the next big thing in fashion,” he said. So it’s a hard system to follow, but the outcome can be tremendous, especially when the product is such a hit.
The Altuzarra dresses will go on sale for between $1100 and $1700 on Matchesfashion.com.
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Many Altuzarra fans out there, who have had the hots for his unique style and aesthetics from time immemorial, are likely to have marked February 14 with red and not in anticipation to receive intimate gifts from their beaus as Valentine’s Day was on, but in high hopes to feast on delicious tidbits a la Altuzarra. February 14 has come and gone, albeit the talented designer’s perennial flair for beauty and style reaching its apogee via the Altuzarra fall/winter 2016-2017 RTW line is to stay with us for a long time yet.
Joseph Altuzarra’s inspirational sources are going from strength to strength with the arrival of every runway show this time around touching on the film Only Lovers Left Alive by Jim Jarmusch shot in 2013. But if you calculate to see some typical-of-vampires bloody scenes, Tilda Swinton’s deathlike pale face, Mia Wasikowska’s devil-may-care demeanor or Tom Hiddleston’s essence awash with melancholy, you are barking up the wrong tree, for sure. What has aroused sheer admiration within Altuzarra was the heroes’ great curiosity for life and the world of human beings. “They have very esoteric interests, and they live in a lush but isolated world. I wanted this show to be about trying different things not necessarily connected,” the designer explained backstage when bringing out into the open his vision over the collection.
This was a real juxtaposition of unexpected colors and shapes, unlooked-for prints and embellishments, an occurrence when Persian paisleys are entering into symbiosis with teeny-weeny floral prints, like that amazing outfit consisting of a floral blazer, a shirt again covered with floral prints but of abruptly other sort, while Altuzarra’s signature midi skirt with side slits is bringing about an amalgamation of paisleys with botanical motifs. Are you looking for yet other shocking symbiosis samples? They are at every turn whether you look at the mix of a black and white striped top, the floral printed pants and the dark green blazer or else the mishmash of various geometrical prints under the guise of diamonds, zigzags and abstract lines.
This was fall/winter ready-to-wear collection not only by its denomination but by its entire essence and target as well. There was an abundance of warm and cozy shearlings in burgundy and black shades or else in those floral motifs heading the cast throughout the whole show; there was a handful of trench coats and blazers and a modicum of fur coats for brass monkey days. The chunky knitted blouses with wide turtlenecks were to parade miniature handicraft – leather ropes weaved in to make pretty effective braided embellishments, while the boots happening in every possible length, ranging from ankle to thigh-high ones, were magnifying the whole cold atmosphere around.
Patchwork pieces rendering out cool colorblocks were to set the world on fire by bringing so near the cobalt blue, pine green, fuchsia, burgundy and seal brown, the tasseled bibs of tops were oft-times conveying somewhat shabby yet so cool-looking impression, while those amazing handkerchief maxi dresses all covered with Persian pickles worn either alone or over turtlenecks were really some pumpkins.
But those, who are searching high and low for something to throw them into loss of equilibrium, come and get it at the end of the show when the designer buckled down to wine and dine us with black diaphanous pieces, embellished with glittering sequins, but then upping the ante even more with two mind-blowing red-carpet worthy dresses in Marsala red and pistachio green shades, scintillating far and wide and beating off the gloomy air of the vampires in a flash.
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Among our very favorite brands out there, Altuzarra is certainly among the top 25. With good reason too for it combines chic and sophisticated with romantic and utterly stylish, generally speaking. The Altuzarra pre-fall 2016 collection is, of course, as lovely as expected, though seeing the pre-fall so soon after the unveiling of the spring and summer 2016 looks leaves our minds whirling. We have yet to add the earlier season’s pieces to our wardrobes, let alone the mid-season afterwards!
There are twenty-eight looks in the collection, not nearly as many as one might expect, but the brand brings us quality and we can forgive them for the lack of quantity. There are at least a few looks that we are dying to have as our own as it is. Joseph Altuzarra has his customers in mind and that is an amazing thing. This capsule collection, dubbed Shadow Jersey, includes tech jerseys turned into sharply tailored pieces, things that can come out of the suitcase without the problem of wrinkles so you can travel worry-free.
A fitted double-breasted coat for the five months of sales? You got it! Keeping the shirtdresses on? Why not? They are a bestseller for the label. We cannot help but love the business thinking here, for fashion is as much business as it is art, if not more.
There is a whole romantic aspect to the Altuzarra pre-fall 2016 collection as well. We notice the whimsical manner of movement and the practicality of the pieces that inspire a certain form of desire, the emphasis placed on polka dots and cricket stripes to give it an intriguing pattern. We notice the slits up the thighs right off the bat, whether on simple black skirts or pretty black and white dotted cinched waist and short but puffed sleeve dresses.
There is the whole sock and shoe combo stiletto half boots as well, while things shine rather bright with black and red palettes offsetting the pretty squiggly diagonal designs on the midi skirts. Midi is in after all and most of the outfits on the runway show the trend, while others have tailored pants or suits to display, a rather lovely striped version coming in with a cinched waist, sleeveless vest and a good amount of skin shown at the neckline.
There are some pretty full-length dresses too, with spaghetti straps and a small train. While most of the looks are a chic and mature design, there are those that veer more towards individualistic or simply sexy, as one might expect from the brand. We love it all though and with those very 1970s handbags in tow, we cannot imagine a better label to be rooting for come the pre-fall days.
For the next few months, we’ll be topping up our clothing with the best of the more casual designs that our favorites have to offer, including pretty little dresses with slits up the thighs. Interesting that there are no plunging necklines here though.
Photos courtesy of Vogue