altuzarra resort 2015.

Aug 21, 2014


Despite resort collections having come and gone, it is never too late to critique – and appreciate – a well-designed, concise collection. Amongst floral dresses, feminine silhouettes, and controlled Spring-esque glamour, Joseph Altuzarra gave his refreshing take on the season of Resort-wear. Without losing his signature sleek, powerful way of designing, the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year has woven together his quintessential style with a season that calls for something lighter. Balancing the two factors looks effortless in the hands of Altuzarra, with a drool-worthy set of over 30 ensembles prepared. As the designer as stated, he designs for "a woman, never a girl", emphasizing the gentle maturity that he incorporates in all of his designs. True to his word, the collection seeps of confidence and a look suitable for the strong woman looking to make a statement. With crisp business jackets, sailor-esque colors, sharp, no-nonsense black stilettos, and a sea of bodycon dresses, there is more than one outfit we would be coveting this season. 

A cultural connotation of this collection was present, as there often is in so many of the most beautiful collections that designers offer. When they draw inspiration from the world, the fascinating places in which they've spent time in, and their home countries which serve as their inspiration, the collection is enhanced solely through meaning. Of course, the collection then needs to retain its tasteful quality, as most tend to do. With Altuzarra's leap into Resortwear, he intertwined the maritime theme with an edge of North African references. This was evident in the tribal-esque patterns embroidered delicately on tunic dresses, the cotton fabrics molded into enlarged sleeves, and the darker colors of maroon and olive, which peppered the collection at times. He used staple items to retain consistency – the stilettos are a constant, evergreen addition to each outfit, while an elegant, office-esque button-down shirt served as the base for multiple looks. Pantsuits, whether white-washed or in a glorious red shade, also contributed to the bulk of the collection; somehow managing to be interesting with each variation. The incorporation of a tighter silhouette, a belt cinching the waist, or jackets with wonderfully-tailored collars did the trick. And of course, those dresses. The LBD made a guest appearance more than once, which may have been surprising when considering the rest of the collection. But again, Altuzarra showed the relevance of these dresses through his designs. Sheer sleeves reminiscent of Victorian era clothing, precise cut-out patterns, flowing fabric down to the knees – each of these factors brought the dresses to life.

What do you think of Altuzarra's Resort collection?

-M

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