Altuzarra Spring 2013

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Credit: Vogue.com

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.

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