For Spring/Summer 2018, New York Fashion Week was practically a ghost town as many of its established names – like Altuzarra and Proenza Schouler – absconded for Parisian pastures. It takes a brave soul to face the hierarchy at Paris Fashion Week, but with French blood literally running through his veins, it was a challenge Joseph Altuzarra was more than up for. His elegant debut PFW collection proved that he could effortlessly combine the American sportswear he is known for with Paris’ penchant for lavish decorative elements and a bohemian spirit.
It was sporty, youthful, and a tiny bit naughty – and we were living for it.
By juxtaposing ladylike elements, like softly embroidered tops with matching cardigans, and sensual surprises, like mesh skirts, Altuzarra struck on a fresh formula for Spring/Summer 2018. It was sporty, youthful, and a tiny bit naughty – and we were living for it. The show opened with a look that contrasted a mesh overlay trimmed with feathers at the wrist with a silky printed slip dress; easy to wear but devastatingly chic in combination. Also in the mix, Altuzarra crafted patchworked vests and coats with Mongolian shearling trim, delicate mixed-print dresses that cut a lithe figure on the catwalk, and crisp jackets that were decorated with strips of ribbons and pom-poms.
To close his spectacular show, Altuzarra chose glitter. An enticing array of sequined dresses trimmed with tribal beaded fringe paraded out, ending things on a fun note, which balanced out the serious elegance of everything that came before.