The Altuzarra Fall 2021 RTW collection conveys the simultaneously wonderous and challenging process of rebirth.
“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,” said Joseph Altuzarra.
The collection revisits some of Altuzarra’s recurring themes and most intriguing moments: soft but generous volumes, cocooning and wrapping as a protective layer, and redefining femininity and sensuality. Altuzarra reimagined archetypal shapes through a lens of tension and contrast. 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.
Proposed in a variety of silhouettes, suiting remains a strong focus. Oversized outerwear drapes and envelops in double-face wool coats that exude polished comfort. Knits continue to evolve each season. The mix of cashmere, merino, and chenille speak to Altuzarra’s exploration of metamorphosis, emerging from the season’s generous layers to embrace a new sense of freedom.
While the collection starts with austere black leather, layers shed to unveil electric color, emblematic of the awakening charted throughout the season. Iconic tie-dyes and soft, moody florals round out the emotional palette.