Call it a power play. For fall, Joseph Altuzarra said goodbye to spring’s lavish, ornamented exotica in favor of a more hard-edge version of glamour. It made for a fabulous collection with sexy silhouettes sculpted close to the body and an abundance of black and white leather (real and fake) and statement-making patchworked fox fur.

“I wanted to go back to the idea of the street a bit more,” Altuzarra said during a preview. But don’t think he was talking urban, everyday dressing. Instead, the designer moved from the more eclectic streams of his last two collections (Berbers, Bollywood) into a particular city scenario. “In my mind,” he said, “it was this idea of an office lobby with women [coming and going] — sort of like a corporate uniform.” That must be one sexy office environment.

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