If Joseph Altuzarra's Spring 2017 runway was playful and spunky, Fall's collection is the polar opposite. The designer took a muted turn this season, influenced by paintings from the 1500s he found at the Met Museum. That's not to say he didn't put a modern spin on the vintage dresses he studied. Altuzarra brought in plenty of opulent details — lavish fur collars, swirling embroideries, and jacquard — and contrasted them with knee-high, thick-soled combat boots.
Models stomped down the runway, many of them equipped with elbow-length gloves (a la Victoria Beckham), pearl headbands, and gold chandelier earrings that shook back and forth. Slitted skirt sets and velvet suits were appropriate for Altuzarra's devotees like Amal Clooney, who might dare to wear them on the job. But at the end of the lineup were shimmering maxi skirts and gowns in eye-catching jewel tones, all of which were cinched with casual belt straps to give the Altuzarra lady her flavorful twist. Emily Ratajkowski and Jennifer Lawrence will surely take note.
Finally, Altuzarra's new coats will make you swoon. Whether you choose a quilted trench or a smartly stitched cape (either of which you can pair with the trunk-like cases), this outerwear will last you a lifetime. And to think it was all inspired by a 16th century portrait.