PFW: Altuzarra Spring 2018 RTW

Altuzarra Spring 2018 ready-to-wear collection is inspired by the animated film “Princess Mononoke” by Hayao Miyazaki, and its main theme embodies contrasts of nature and the industry. The film evokes a conflict between the Gods of the Forest and the humans who consume its resources. This opposition, and the rich and fantastic world in which this story takes place, were the starting points for Joseph Altuzarra‘s first Parisian collection. Neverending opposites led to the exploration of handcrafted techniques of sewing and knitting, a combination of handmade and home-made, imperfections and undressing, costumes used for pagan rituals, as documented in the series “Wilder Mann” by Charles Freger, as well as to the exploration of fantasy and dreams. Glimmering. Fluttering. Mesmerizing.

The show is “about loss of innocence, growing up and embracing fearlessness”, stated Altuzarra. Patchwork, shearling fringing and cinched waist silhouettes brought the designer’s vision to life. It is a perfect mix of different textures, neutral shades with a pop of gold accents; a real pattern play. Altuzarra’s creativity spears through from this collection. He is immersing himself as juggernaut. The clothes speak volume. Feminine knits are paired with mesh skirts, metallic jackets (aka the bedazzled beauties) and sheer skirts radiate a certain New York breeze. Some of the boots under flowy slit gown are knee-length, layers are the key! For his debut show at Paris Fashion Week, Altuzarra gave a big nod to one of the seasons’ prominent key look- dramatic metallic dresses. Meticulously crafted figure-flattering cuts have earned Altuzarra a devoted following among the fashion crowd. The refined silhouettes and seductive styles ooze a toned-down glamour. Yet, the most compelling looks were rather simple, like the shirtdress with combined laser-cut floral print and broderie anglaise. He never ceases to amaze. Altuzarra is definitely a force of fashion and he will be dearly missed at the New York Fashion Week. 

Photo credit: The Impression