For his first pre-fall collection, Joseph Altuzarra wanted to pick up where he left off for spring: “That sentiment of ease,” he said during the small presentation in his showroom. “I was interested in comfort and how it can work with the idea of seduction.” While there were plenty of the designer’s signatures — i.e., strong-shouldered tailoring, body-skimming dresses, skirts with high side-slits — Altuzarra beautifully played up his proportions. A voluminous light gray double-faced coat with a creme lapel, for example, was worn with a sculpted cobalt blue skirt and gray top. The look was elegant and sophisticated.

For a touch of whimsy, the designer mixed clashing plaids on a dress and, in a nod to his French heritage, showed sweaters featuring the phrase “Sapeurs-pompiers,” which is how the fire service is known in France.

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