Altuzarra may have only started in fall ’09, but his runway show is already one of NYFW’s biggest tickets. The young designer continued in the boho-goes-to-work vein of his last spring collection and focused on creating beautifully sharp outerwear, sending jackets and blazers down the runway that left our mouths agape. Styled as capes (and with tiny, little patches that reminded us of old-school train conductors), these utilitarian designed coats were paired with pocketed pencil skirts and draped, printed pants that tred the fine line between feminine whimsical and retro manual laborer, which is a combination we definitely would never have thought of as working so well.
In terms of evening wear, Altuzarra’s embellished Swarovski dresses with wrapped necks and thigh-high slits perfected the art of over-the-top embellishment while continuing to look classy, elegant, and timeless. These have the fanciful bohemian vibes from the designer’s fall ’12 collection but with a bit more maturity and wearability, especially in the case of his jeweled separates.
And the shoes. Altuzarra sent models strutting down the runway in a variety of high leather boots that worked so well with the proportions of his various hemlines that we don’t feel extreme in saying that he has created the example to the perfect spring ’13 proportion that we can’t wait to replicate.