Neil Diamond’s tune, ‘Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon’ applies so precisely to Altuzarra’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection that it should have been the soundtrack.
It should come as little shock that Altuzarra accomplished yet another sensual presentation, but what is surprising is that he used such girlish elements to achieve it. Consider the first look, a simple suit rendered in twee pink gingham. On second glance, it’s really quite sexy when you take into account the suit’s plunging neckline and thigh-high slit. These small elements are working toward a whole – one that results in looks that are at paradoxically sensual and innocent. Altuzarra evokes sensuality by making his models appear virtuous, yet corruptible.
He shows gauzy gingham shifts with drawstring waistlines, gingham shirtdresses unbuttoned up to the crotch, and blouses unbuttoned to the waist. Altuzarra’s undone style is quite appealing, especially when it comes on classic looks. From the youthful charm of the show’s starters, the rest of the presentation advances more mature notions. For every unbuttoned dress and plunging neckline in the collection there were composed, sophisticated choices for the everyday woman. There are many who could see themselves in Altuzarra’s high-waisted trousers paired with a sheer cardigan and buttoned-up gingham blouse, or who could imagine how confident they’d feel in his workwear-appropriate striped separates. An excellent jacket with alternating striped panels and tobacco leather trim paired with futuristic, liquid silver trousers brought out the designer’s modern side, as did his cage-like leather pieces. Whether you’re a girl or a woman, Altuzarra makes feminine style for spring something of an art form.
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