Altuzarra creates a Cruise collection with the summer sensuality of Italy

Its Italy-in-the-summer beauty, the Altuzarra Resort 2019 collection was inspired by the movie “Call Me by Your Name.” The landscape motif was used on everything from a sequined cocktail dresses to intarsia knit separates to postcard tees.

Sensuality has always been central to his vocabulary, but in the past he has approached it with a certain rigor. Here, the designer wanted to explore the idea of unraveling. That translated into tailoring that was sliced away at the rib cage or with seams that swooped around the back in curving, not straight, lines. Dresses, meanwhile, came with hems that were alternately dip-dyed or circled by a ring of cutouts. Sleeves spilled off one shoulder to reveal the lace-edged cami underneath, and necklines were traced with ties to adjust the deshabille factor. The collection’s prettiest print was a cornflower blue–on–black wallpaper floral that Altuzarra described as blurry “as if with movement.”

Although this season, Altuzarra is going with the undone look, these clothes however were still pristine with a rough-hewn linens or more cottons like the pretty microcheck shirtdress embroidered with tiny flowers. A clever new suede tote with braided leather straps and a woven espadrille “sole” was the item that best captured the irresistible earthy sensuality.