Runway Report: Altuzarra SS17

Joseph Altuzarra felt the need to start his show with a bold yet true statement regarding our world’s current political climate; “The election is hard,” and with that, he proceeded his bold words with a fun and frivolous collection leaving all with the hope that brighter days are ahead of us.

Among the pastel shades, and the light-weight velvet, another prominent trend to surface this week was the use of 3D embroidery and applique designs, and at Altuzarra, things got a little fruity when the music began. A swarm of models cascaded down the catwalk decked in a melange of textures and tonal shades projecting a bright and fun Summer. Bright python printed separates were adorned with vibrant embroidered lemons, and the juxtaposition of animal printed ruffle-bralettes added a sense of fearlessness to Summer dressing. A snakeskin trench coat with a gingham and red lace trim sat alongside a full-on gingham print with metallic cherries; two outerwear pieces we can definitely get behind!

Whether it be a skirt or dress, we noticed the reuse of the waisted belt with a majority of Altuzzara’s looks, as well as a few dotted sheer stockings scattered here and there; could the full-on-feminine-silhouette be an additional trend? And is this goodbye to all things androgynous?

From what we can see forecasted, fashion will be about the all-or-nothing print clash, fruity vibes, femme fatale shapes and enough color to aid us in forgetting all about politics! Thanks in advance Joseph!

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Sabi Datoo-Lalji is a British Fashion Editor and Consultant living in Chelsea, NYC. When she isn't dreaming about Valentino Rock Studs, Sabi can be found practicing yoga and finding zen-like havens for her blog ( Follow her whimsicle footprint on Twitter & Instagram @sabidatoolalji