For the Altuzarra spring/summer 2017 runway show at New York Fashion Week, Joseph Altuzarra created his own fashion era by combining two unlikely decades. The clothes in the line were styled with sweet and notable trends from the ’90s, with recognizable silhouettes derived from the fashion world of the ’50s pinup scene, including high-waisted garments, sweet jacket dresses, and off-the-shoulder tops.
The collection is just a happy interlude into what Altuzarra recognizes as a trying time. “The election is hard,” he began, in a pre-show interview. “I wanted something that felt happy, joyous, flirty, and fun.”
Wild at Heart, a film directed by David Lynch, was a point of inspiration for this collection. The multicultural designer approached his inspiration with sophistication, never going too literal with his interpretations. He did create a series of garments using a python print, though, that tied very closely with the film, and Nicolas Cage’s character in particular.
Other garments featured some adorable prints, like fruits, gingham, and stripes. What gave the clothes that extra cutesy flair was the use of matching patterned tights. In other places still, his use of a bubblegum pink mixed with gingham came across especially young, in a “Barbie goes to Dollywood” kind of way.
The models looked polished and ready to work, but in a countrified way. So all in all, this wasn’t the most feminine collection; it was girly and fun, as the designer was aiming for it to be.
The line also featured several bralettes that will prove difficult to wear for a majority of women (due to the notable lack of coverage), and as noted earlier Altuzarra also created off-the-shoulder silhouettes, which is a common runway trend for the season. With bras also trending right now, the designer seems to be right on target for fashion week, but he has also taken a wildly different spin than others have, falling way more on the side of girly than sexy as most designers have done.
Despite all of his nostalgic, flirty choices, though, Altuzarra really honed his tailoring skills, creating some smart garments like pencil skirts and other officewear for the woman looking to expand her professional wardrobe while not giving up her fun and young style!
And on the more casual side of the line were his shirtdresses, which are a must have for any woman’s wardrobe, but it was his ruffle-bottomed sundresses that were the most captivating casual pieces, since they were cute and maintained the fun prints in a more everyday silhouette. He even found out a way to make his lemon print into a beautiful and elegant finale gown!
Now, whether you like the designs in the Altuzarra spring 2017 ready-to-wear collection or not, you can’t deny that it was one of the most joyous collection that has walked the New York Fashion Week runway thus far. Mission accomplished, Altuzarra!
Photos courtesy of Vogue