For spring-summer 2022, Altuzarra has conceived a collection that mixes contemporary traits with other more ethereal, exotic and strongly escapist.
The designer’s intent was carrying -through fashion- the feeling of rebirth of the city of New York. He consecrated this return to normality through some of his early foundations. The shibori dyeing technique is what mainly characterises his collection.
This style is accompanied by the juxtaposition of layers, the dresses overlap with jackets and bikinis, wide belts wrap the silhouettes. Coats, cardigans and leather jackets buttoned as kimonos refresh the garments, by giving them more plasticity.
There are also prints, fringes, and floral themes for more bohemian looks. Altuzarra said he was inspired by Charles Fréger’s Wilder Mann, a book containing pagan depictions celebrating the rite of spring and the conjunction of man with nature.
This symbiosis is exactly what Altuzarra intended to express on clothes, whose colors very close to those in nature, reinforce this concept.
“I responded to the idea of finding magic and wonder and myth in nature”, he stated. “In our everyday life we get bogged down by details and minutiae.”
The shibori painting technique is also matched by the precious crochet work, several overlapping sartorial cuts and the meticulous plissé work on different fabrics, including leather. Very particular is the juxtaposition of a white corset on a long black ruffle dress.
Conceiving a collection during a pandemic, it was not easy for Altuzarra, who strongly felt the anti-Asian feeling that was spreading. But, fortunately, his creativity was not touched by it, on the contrary, the desire to celebrate the rebirth was even stronger than fear.