Joseph Altuzarra knows we still want to see and enjoy clothes, even if the performative nature of our garments is completing our at home attire. Unlike many other designers the new Altuzarra Fall Winter 2021 collection is not letting us dream of a night out clubbing or a walk down to our favourite restaurant. Instead Joseph Altuzarra teams up with photographer Jon Ervin and videographer Christopher Davis to capture a somber yet elegant at home kind of a lookbook and short film. The cast is as elegant as Joseph’s clothes starting with Maggie Maurer to Dasha Denisenko and Londone Myers.
“As I began researching this season, I was intuitively drawn to the story of a chrysalis turning into a butterfly. I stumbled on photos of butterfly wings and started collaging them to create a print. This became the starting point for the collection, and the inspiration for its overarching narrative. I loved the idea of conveying this transformation throughout the collection, from cocooning and protective silhouettes to joyful, soft, and sensual explosions of colors and texture. I came to realize that it mirrored my own desire for freedom and release, and the yearning to be in the world,” shares Joseph Altuzarra talking to the press about his new collection.
Whenever I would go through an Altuzarra collection prepare for Fall season a sense of Spring would come to mind. So perhaps this longing for the outdoor spotted in the short film and lookbook is calling out for the new beginning. Perhaps Maggie, Dasha and Londone are simply just waiting to step out freely. The design lines are close to Joseph Altuzarra’s aesthetic, the layering turns into a form of wrapped up cocooning while even for the lighter pieces this intricate form of construction never fails to impress. “Billowing couture-style volume was deflated and restrained while traditional tailoring was loosened to create silhouettes that live just as easily inside the home as they do out. From enveloping leather to dramatic, wrapped knits, the collection draws on the idea of pragmatic luxury to make each piece desirable and wearable,” notes Joseph Altuzarra’s team in their collection write up.
From Altuzarra’s always chic long dresses the collection quickly jumps in moments to warm yet attentively designed outerwear. Materials such as leather and knitwear balance out the season appropriate guidelines, in connection to the pieces ready for our at home moments.
The Altuzarra construction and it’s sartorial nature come into play for the Fall Winter 2021 collection as expected. Joseph and his team also go back and forth with their play of proportion introducing oversized outerwear so detailed it will ask you to display it at the most coveted space in your closet.
Furthemore Altuzarra is also finding its own way to steer into the requirements of a more sustainable fashion business. The Fall Winter 2021 collection features knitwear pieces crafted out of deadstock fabric, while the latest designs also features re-crafted tweet materials used in shift dresses alongside fringed hems and contemporary collarless jackets.
The petal and moth prints bringing in the colour for the season with the subtle design of the dresses for the winter are intricately manipulated. This attention to detail with design teams by hand work is bringing that couture sentiment ever so present with Altuzarra.
When it comes to accessories the team is working with the jewelry from DE VERA, while the coveted Mini Play Bag by Altuzarra takes the spotlight once again. In addition Altuzarra brings us a warm and redesigned version of the house slipper shaped in the form of a leather sandal. What helps the Altuzarra slipper stand out is the detail, featuring fur and pearl ornaments. “Alternately protected and unburdened by its layers, the collection meditates on the journey we’re in and the one we’re all longing for. Embracing the beautifully vibrant world ahead…and the hopeful future that awaits,” adds up at the end Altuzarra team talking about the collection.
Do not miss the striking Altuzarra Fall Winter 2021 short film above, while you can view the complete lookbook featuring all forty new looks in our gallery:
Creative Director: Joseph Altuzarra
Videography: Christopher Davis
Photography: Jon Ervin
Music: Gary Gunn
Decors: Todd Merrill Studio & Meta Flora
Set/ Prop design: Patrick McGrath Design
Location: New York City, NY
Jewelry: DE VERA
Models: Maggie Maurer (Supreme), Dasha Denisenko (Official) , Londone Myers (Ford)
Hair: Junya Nakashima
Make-up: Stevie Huynh
Make-up sponsor: MAC
Review by Editor ZARKO DAVINIC at DSCENE Publishing