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Altuzarra

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FEMMES FATALES

New York: Newcomer Joseph Altuzarra is quickly becoming known for his extra-seductive looks and skin-tight cuts, and this season’s collection helped to solidify that reputation. Beginning as many other designers have this season with a parade of white looks, Altuzarra slowly began adding in python, starting first with piping, then with triangular pieces that evoked a tribal motif and finally with asymmetrical skirts and strong-shouldered jackets made from the luxurious material. Reflective silver patent leather insets and acid brights used for scuba-tight knit tops and accessories hinted at a futuristic inspiration, and cone-shaped pieces at the chest made for overtly sexy dresses perfect for today’s wannabe femme-bot. Less provocative looks, like navy wide-leg pants with a matching sweater were a concession to his more conservative clientele and showcased the designer’s versatility. Working extensively with duchesse satin, which shows even that slightest flaw in design, Altuzarra demonstrated his technical prowess with expertly cut garments and intricate piecing. His excellent design skills were instrumental in making what could have been an overly seductive collection feel powerful and exciting.

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