Joseph Altuzarra's follow-up to the cinematic sexy-macabre and meticulously tailored Edward Scissorhands-inspired collection he delivered for A/W 2010, was arguably one of the most anticipated within the industry this season. And, going by a unanimously positive audience response (Carine Roitfeld and André Leon Talley were positively beaming), the young designer did not disappoint. Set to the tone of repetitive soundtrack vocals insisting, 'I can change, I can change, I can change,' models hit the runway in Altuzarra's resolutely clean, streamlined and principally white vision for S/S 2011. And change Altuzarra most certainly did. In the place of last season's strict corsetry detailing, moody palette and severe, patch-worked femme fatale leather ensembles came sleek white form-fitting jersey dresses with exaggerated bustiers and snakeskin detailing. The consistent use of snakeskin throughout - as embellishment or an entire garment, seemed an apt metaphor for Altuzarra's own ability to successfully shed one skin, or aesthetic, for another. The feel was confident yet restrained; body-con dresses with asymmetric hemlines and deep v-necklines were alluring, yet not overtly sexy, and a futuristic aesthetic (which, if New York's collections so far are anything to go by, is set to be a key trend for the season ahead) was subtly introduced through metallic silver incisions and rope-like fluorescent orange belts paired with structured navy sheath-dresses and nipped-waist blazers.
Models hit the runway in Altuzarra's resolutely clean, streamlined and principally white vision for S/S 2011.