NYFW: Joseph Altuzarra's Beautiful Mashup
Think a mix of 19th century textiles, Venetian pearl buttons and modern utilitarian styles.
"I wanted to be free to follow my curiosity about the world we live in, and weave a tapestry of references and stories into this collection," said designer Joseph Altuzarra whose show notes referenced 2013’s Jim Jarmusch-directed drama Only Lovers Left Alive starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as vampire lovers as the starting point for fall 2016.
Much like the film’s characters whose romance endured several centuries, the looks were a beautiful mashup of 19th century textiles, Indian silk paisley prints, Venetian pearl buttons, Turkish and Moroccan folkloric costumes and modern utilitarian styles.
Standouts included a fringe knit with sapphire velvet-trim tapered pants, a jewel tone color-blocked dress and a paisley-printed blazer with graphic drawstring bottoms.
JEWEL TONES: Models on the Altuzarra fall 2016 runway. (Photos: Getty Images)
For his red carpet audience (stylist Rachel Zoe was seated front row with Kate Bosworth, Emily Ratajkowski and Jaime King), the 33-year-old designer, whose looks have been seen on Alicia Vikander and January Jones this awards season (at the BAFTA Tea and Critics’ Choice Awards, respectively) closed the show with two billowy, glittering handkerchief hem dresses. Both would make for a refreshingly modern-bohemian twist on the classic red carpet gown.
Altuzarra also reworked his 'It' Ghianda bags that first debuted last September — Zoe Saldana and Michelle Monaghan are fans of the bags that Amal Clooney most recently carried a black version of while arriving with husband George Clooney in Germany for the Berlin Film Festival. Suede, mixed colors (including dark plum) and a new scaled-down version with scarf-wrapped silver chains dubbed the 'Saddle Mini' all entered into the mix for fall.