Poignant and reflective of the times, the Altuzarra Resort 2021 collection is inspired by a new perspective of the future—at once hopeful and emotional. “I began by exploring the traditional feminine tropes of Spring: pastels, ginghams, florals, and pleats,” said Creative Director Joseph Altuzarra.
“This collection started as a continuation of Fall/Winter. I wanted to capture the same moodiness, sensuality, and softness, while injecting a sense of optimism and joy,” said Joseph. He designed Pre-Spring to reflect the next chapter in Altuzarra’s unfolding story.
The season’s compelling prints, all produced in house, help bring Joseph’s vision of the collection to life. From deconstructed, “chopped up” gingham to disintegrating ikat floral prints that slowly fade out of focus to trompe l’oeil pleats and folds, Joseph creates a transportive narrative through the perfectly imperfect details he designs—a beautiful backdrop against which the season’s considered silhouettes take shape.
Strong shapes and soft tailoring remain a centerpiece of the collection, spanning feminine convention and deep desirability. Power suiting is reinterpreted in more relaxed silhouettes while imperfect pleats and folds, painted directly onto the fabric, bring to mind fluidity and movement. Spring’s quintessential gingham is rethought with exposed darting and modern deconstruction, while carefully retaining the signature femininity the Altuzarra brand is known for.
Joseph completed the looks with gladiator and vertiginous wedge espadrilles in matching
gingham, minimalist heeled strap sandals worn with soft leather ankle socks, ponyskin combat boots, and a new reversible Tote in contrasting wool ginghams and baby calf suedes.
Mindful of presenting the collection amidst a pandemic, Joseph continues to design seductive pieces with enduring appeal. “The challenging time we have been living through helped to highlight the importance of timelessness, ease, and emotion. I wanted to focus the collection not only on the idea of sensual, relaxed, wearable luxury, but also around pieces that felt emotional and desirable.”