The gypset (a.k.a. jetsetting bohème) wardrobe is surely one to envy, with its fine textiles cobbled from travels around the world. But what if your haute bohemian finery was the result of traveling for hundreds of years through all eras and epochs? Such is the case of Joseph Altuzarra’s muse for Fall/Winter 2016, who is characterized as Tilda Swinton’s worldly and vampiric Eve character in the excellent Jim Jarmusch film Only Lovers Left Alive. Eve’s splendid fur-trimmed, striped cover-ups and brocade robes come from centuries of travel to Tangier, Rome, Brighton, and beyond, and, while she sports the real deal, Altuzarra does a flawless job of celebrating and mimicking her aesthetic.
Altuzarra plays to the theme of the timeless gypset with a beautiful display of textiles.
He plays to the theme of the timeless gypset with a beautiful display of textiles ranging from monochrome paisleys to chunky knits featuring oversized stitching details. His versions are more elegant than bohemian, fitting close to the body in ways that flatter and reveal in tandem. He treats his audience to sophisticated versions of riding trousers, cabled knits, gypsy blouses, fringed bib tops, and more, but it is his outerwear that is the real star. Drop-dead-gorgeous leather coats lined with shearling emerge, while other styles arrive decked out in striped fur.
Instead of closing the show with extravagant gowns, Altuzarra chooses to keep the bohemian spirit alive with paisley handkerchief skirts strewn with glittering paillettes in black and silver and two floor-skimming maxi dresses that follow the same motif. Despite their laid-back attitude, these dresses are still worthy of the red carpet.