New York Fashion Week Coverage: Altuzarra Fall 2012 Collection

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Altuzarra’s latest collection comes to us from a land peopled by nomads and sailors – imprinting upon his clothes the freewheeling embellishment of gypsy DNA and the militaristic bent of one who is forever married to the sea. From these unusual origins, he spins a tale of stylish adventure and chic whimsy.

Crochet sweaters, fur coats, crisp jackets trimmed in fur, over-the-knee boots, shaggy layers and prim black dresses actualized Altuzarra’s message. The real skill here was conveying something so simple in such an elegant way.

In Apology, Socrates aims to discover if artists really understand the purpose of their own creation. What is the intent behind it? To those ends, Socrates finds, “[It] was not wisdom that enabled [poets] to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.” In fashion, the best designers are those who know their own work, and there are few among the elite who are able to translate a clear message. Altuzarra may be a young designer, but he is a thoughtful one. His latest collection is easy to digest and wearable, but it has something entirely unique going on with it. Altuzarra knows this, stating after his show that he wanted to “figure out how to make clothes that look rich but feel easy.” Altuzarra translates the adventures of Corto Maltese into a collection that was truly a sight for sore eyes.

Photos: Courtesy of GoRunway

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