Joseph Altuzarra just wants everybody to be happy. Happy and hot. Not an unhappy prescription for fashion, especially when spun through the unlikely vortex of a David Lynch movie, if Lynch were a Frank Capra kind of guy. You know, upbeat.

Altuzarra was drawn to the “crazy, fun, weird atmosphere” of Lynch’s “Wild at Heart,” but not its dark side. “I guess I just want something really fun,” he said during a preview. “This is not a happy time. People want to wear happy things.”

In that spirit of mood elevation, what’s happier than a beautiful young woman working her wiles with polite flash and a touch of humor? To that end, Altuzarra crossed Laura’s Dern’s Lula with a touch of Carmen Miranda: color! midriffs! ruffles! There were even lemons and cherries galore, though not on fruit-bearing headgear, but in prints and embroideries on the clothes, bags and shoes.

The prevailing silhouette was classic sexy — ruffled slipdress; hip-hugging skirt worn with frilled bra top, tailored jacket, skinny knit or some combination therein. Altuzarra didn’t ease into the flamboyance, opening with a denim-printed python jacket embroidered with sequined lemons over a flounced cherry-print bra-and-skirt duo. Python proved a major theme: “Sailor wore that jacket all through,” Altuzarra said of Nicholas Cage’s character. The scales came in printed dresses and again, for real, in a snazzy trenchcoat with embroidered cherries on top.

Altuzarra de-frothed with bird’s-eye checks, cargo jackets and vamp-by-day striped knits that bared the shoulder. Throughout, he worked in fresh takes on the core of staples he established early in his career. Exhibit A: those must-have shirtdresses, now in lean-not-mean printed python with a broderie anglaise border or breezy, full-skirted checks. Exhibit B: the best kind of eveningwear — interesting. Though not wild, his embroidered tiered beauties were exquisite at heart — and on the surface. Which is to say highly photogenic. Oh, Emmy ladies…

By  on September 12, 2016

Joseph Altuzarra just wants everybody to be happy. Happy and hot. Not an unhappy prescription for fashion, especially when spun through the unlikely vortex of a David Lynch movie, if Lynch were a Frank Capra kind of guy. You know, upbeat.

Altuzarra was drawn to the “crazy, fun, weird atmosphere” of Lynch’s “Wild at Heart,” but not its dark side. “I guess I just want something really fun,” he said during a preview. “This is not a happy time. People want to wear happy things.”

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