Altuzarra's Resort 2016 collection evoked images of a beach resort, entirely through the cut and colors of the clothes. (Well, the rocky shoreside in the background could not-so-sumbliminaly be adding to the nautical presence that comes to mind, but I will give credit to Joseph Altuzarra for designing such a beautiful collection.) Vertical, "V" stripes on necklines played tribute to vintage sailor's sweaters, made modern and versatile in theme (so it can be worn without looking like a sailor) with contrasting colors and non-nautical silhouettes. An orange-creamsicle colored, double-breasted suit avoids mirroring a captain, thanks to its citrusy hue (Orange you glad it wasn't in navy?) Puns aside, Altuzarra resort could have a place among the office-wear for the season - the clothes are both serious and adaptable to be styled with other pieces. One skirt was woven, a touch of necessary craftsmanship used on a boat, and translated to stylistic inspiration. The skirt by no means looks like a net, but for the sake of this seafaring collection, it stays within theme. Rough, almost fringe-like edges adorn articles, making the look one of a certain polished ruggedness. One look mimicked delicate, shimmering fishbones, symmetrical down the center, or "spine," complete with an unnoticeable fishtail (a ruffle trim on the bottom hemline). A jagged chevron motif frequented the second half of the presentation; its oceanic symbol being the imperfect patterns and textures of seashells. This design was printed on the gorgeous silhouettes we've come to know Altuzarra for; in that respect he remained consistent with his brand.
Another feature we've come to expect from Altuzarra is the well-planned accessories. This time, they included woven bags with tassels and impressively creative hardware, circular disk cuffs and earrings, and tied rope belts. Although all of these were, like the clothes, nautical when styled with the rest of the collection, yet not obviously themed, the real star of the show was the shoes. Black slingbacks with a pouf of feather on the toe - instead of depicting birds, as one might at first think, free flowing coral comes to mind. And the height of the heel varied, too; some full length and others on the small side, a nice touch to fit different preferences.
This show was basically The Little Mermaid, except in human form and based in New York. And she's learned to move away from her humble, aquatic beginnings and grown up, not without a little reminiscence for her old life, expressed thoughtfully through her style. But most of all, this show was an example of what more and more designers should be, and, in some cases, are, doing. That is, creating pieces that are stylish and versatile on their own, but evoking an image when put together. A single piece should not do all the talking, instead let the inspiration be seen within the group, and then that piece could be put to work in other places, as a flexible and necessary article of clothing. Altuzarra, once again, setting the bar high for contemporary designers.