As Joseph Altuzarra talked through his resort collection in front of a small audience, he shared several enlightening points of view on the current fashion reality. First things first: “We have a Snapchat filter,” Altuzarra said to open the presentation of a collection that was smartly strategized and packed with strong fashion. Then: “In the pre-collections, but more and more for show collections also, I think it’s really important to think about pieces that might not be ‘Fashion’ with a capital F, but are pieces you really want to wear everyday that are supereasy that feel really good.” He made that point over and over with a clingy pink ribbed knit dress with a slightly kicked hem and deliberate revisions of some of his bestsellers from seasons past, such as the ginghams of spring 2015, updated here as a glen-plaid-meets-gingham check on a taut jacket and pants. The tie dyes of last spring were reimagined on a bleached plaid print shirtdress.
But Altuzarra tapped into the power of the familiar without settling for it. One of the best examples of this were knits done with the graphic faux leather braiding that’s become signature to his handbag line. He also introduced entirely fresh ideas, influenced by Roman Polanski’s 1988 film “Frantic”: colorful lace and shorter hemlines, such as a blue lace top with a red underlay over a short micro black-and-white houndstooth skirt. The shapes were easy to wear — and still qualified as Fashion with a capital F.