Despite his excellent design technique, I don’t always understand Joseph Altuzarra’s vision. However, I found myself quite enjoying Altuzarra’s embellished take on prêt-à-porter. With his mix of masculine tailoring and distinctly feminine silhouette, he manages to fashion together a collection that feels positively Gatbsy-eque. It captures the nonchalant sort of glamour with the insouciant draping of the smoking jackets and fringe-laden scarves while his jewel-embroidered cocktail dresses are lovely and eye-catching. And I love the idea of a “man’s old-fashioned canvas work-jacket” (Hamish Bowles) being recreated for women in preppy stripped cotton and with a bit of nipping at the waist. They hang over befringed skirts that feel a bit like artfully arranged scarves. Overall, many likable elements to collection.