Altuzarra offers up opulent fall 17 collection
Altuzarra has unveiled an opulent collection with military-inspired touches for fall 2017.
French designer Joseph Altuzarra presented as part of New York Fashion Week late on Sunday night (12Jan17), with the likes of Alexa Chung, Christina Ricci and Emily Ratajkowski all perched on the front row.
For the line, Altuzarra offered up a range of suits and separates made in luxury fabrics and extravagant detail, and opened the show with a grey coat with black faux fur collar and matching black gloves. A procession of models followed in a range of chic pieces, including a houndstooth blazer, a navy suede dress with corset detail worn over an angora sweater and a tan and navy striped dress with a V neckline.
Military-style coats were a major focus, with a cobalt blue number featuring a bright red collar and a burgundy quilted satin style proving standouts. Other striking pieces included a bright yellow velvet dress and a rich purple velvet gown with fine gold embroidery, as well as shimmering maxi skirts in jewel tones that were cinched with belt straps.
But rather than delving too far into the regal vibe, Altuzarra gave the ensembles a modern twist by pairing most looks with extreme lace-up lug sole combat boots in black, red and oxblood.
As for the inspiration behind the line, Altuzarra explained he was influenced by portraits made by Northern Renaissance painters such as Hans Maler zu Schwaz, Hans Holbein the Younger and Bernhard Strigel.
"It was an interesting time because it was when artists started moving away from stylised depictions of the human form and the human face, and started rendering their subjects as they looked, with all their flaws and all of their imperfections," he wrote on Instagram of the paintings and his line. "I also think it allowed me to start having a conversation about the past versus the present, and creating a tension in the collection and in the look."