Joseph Altuzarra is one of the few designers working today who knows how to sell the “s” word, but if you told us that he’d find a way to make Victorian-era style sexy – truly sexy – we’d reply that the notion is more than a stretch. And yet for Fall/Winter 2015, Altuzarra achieves the next-to-impossible by pairing rather unexpected elements together and stomping all over our preconceived notions.
Some argue that sexy belongs to the buttoned-up librarian, who reveals nothing while suggesting everything. Others think that putting it all on display is what truly elicits desire. Altuzarra fused the two ideas together, pairing daring see-through, high-necked lace dresses with starchy plaid coats and finishing off the looks with knee-high lace-up Victorian boots. It absolutely works. As do his flirty ruffle-hemmed secretary skirts slit up the thigh and paired with shrunken jackets or transparent blouses, his beautifully tailored trenchcoat/dress hybrids with oversized fur collars, his thigh-baring split-front leather pencil skirts, and his shiny and astonishing slip dresses. It’s naughty because it’s unexpected, it’s fresh because it’s bold, and it’s desirable because that is the entire point. His collection is slinky, seductive, and wanton, but also buttoned-up and modest. What is wild about this idea is that the duality of female sexuality is allowed room for expression, not repression, and you can mix and match the sheer and opaque, the starchy and the fluid, the flippant and the sophisticated to your heart’s content.
Photos: Courtesy of Imaxtree