Runway Report: Altuzarra

There’s no denying that America’s golden boy Altuzarra has been reaching for the stars this year. After launching his first ever advertising campaign, winning the US Woolmark Fashion Prize, prepping the relaunch of his own website, and recently becoming a minority partner to luxury company Kering, the Paris-born designer’s fashion credentials have elevated like no other. And with that, naturally, came notably high expectations for his SS14 show.

Altuzarra not only lived up to those expectations audaciously – his talents allowed him to exceed them in somewhat of an effortless manner too. The sassy, uptown chick we had seen in previous collections reappeared with a hardcore and sporty attitude, focusing on what Altuzarra seemingly wanted to highlight this time: the blouse, crop jacket and the skirt. While blouses varied from patchwork to striped buttoned-downs (which were freely unbuttoned and tucked for the show), the cropped jacket saw Japanese Boro influences, and the skirt subtly brought sexy back with thigh-high splits. Each and every piece saw a new element of style compose itself in a simple and confident manner.

Although copious amounts of color and a great deal of architectural challenges didn’t care for much in this collection, the designer concentrated on what he does best – paying memorable attention to the details. Alongside stripes, the use of what seemed to be fringes appeared frequently, looking particularly superb on a blackened out boxy crop jacket, a full fringe-styled dress with an underlay that reached up the knees, and a metallic gold dress.

In fact, speaking of the metallic gold dress, Altuzarra’s evening-wear saw the seductive woman he knows how to create. Moving away from white, black and blues, it was time to introduce a metallic palette of gold and silver. The thigh-high split was still apparent in the skirts and dresses, but with more attention to detail at the waist with accentuated draping. Standout pieces from the collection overall included an embroidered off-white crop jacket and two exaggerated ponchos with stripes.

Considering the label only kicked off in 2008 and is adorned by stars such as Angelina Jolie, Carine Roitfeld and Kate Bosworth, we’re predicting big things for Altuzarra in the near future.

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