As I start thinking about this season’s fashion week which is fast approaching, I want to look back at some of last season’s highlights and what trends to expect in the copycat high-street.
Some of these collections are forgotten about over the spring and summer months, fashion week is far behind us and we definitely don’t want to start thinking about the cool autumn winter weather! But on this year hottest weekend, I have been thoughtful on whats going to keep me warm when the sun fades away.
One of my highlights for February’s fashion week was the Altuzarra show. Joseph Altuzarra is a designer who has had very quick success with his brand’s name being featured in top publications on a monthly basis. After being accredited with the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award for 2011, with the likes of Anna Wintour and Diane Von Furstenberg on the judging panel, the brand awareness and appreciation has increased. But for a designer who has only been showing for 3 years, he should be applauded for what he has been able to produce at the age of only 29.
Altuzarra understands what women want to wear and for his Autumn/Winter12 collection he didn’t disappoint us. On 11th February brought various cultures and traditions to one whole show. The starting point, Corto Maltese. Maltese was a french sailor comic character from a french comic in the 60s and 70s. His mother was a gypsy and his Dad a Venetian. His adventures were carried out all over the world, and when celebrated in the different cultures. The collection took direct inspiration from one of his adventures to India and Morocco where kutch namjara dresses were worn. The collection re-modernized the dress with thigh high black leather tasseled boots but kept the tradition embroidery and medallions. Maltese’s military sailor style shone through too with silver buttoned double breasted tailored jackets and coats.
Knitwear was a main element to this collection but Altuzarra didn’t keep it simple. Chunky, fitted knits were structured with wide waist belts whilst the softer velvets and furs were left to sit gently on the body. The variety of textures were coloured with bold tribal prints with a vast colour palette from blacks, greys and navys to burnt oranges, crimsons and silver.
My favorite part of this collection was the use of mixing the traditional with the modern. The structured shapes used were also to my taste but also showed true designer talent and craftsmanship with the complex fabric Altuzarra worked with. I am also pleased to see that big shoulders and high necked jackets are predicted ‘on-trend’ if we go by this collection!
Images taken from Style.com