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.
Photos courtesy of Vogue