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Altuzarra S/S 2011

Last season, Joseph Altuzarra made waves with his neo-fashion-goth collection, and he propelled the velvet nineties revolution into the mainstream. For a new designer, this power and influence was near unheard of. He garnered a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nomination and enchanted both the press and mainstream buyers.

This season, stripes of python and leather were worked into a palette of white and navy geometric cut duchesse satin. His neo-goth aesthetic did not completely disappear, but it was injected with retro futurism (and more satin than we have seen on the runways in a long time).

While it may not be the most commercial collection at first glance, a deeper look proves that beyond the built-in pasties, there are pieces – most notably the pencil skirts and tunics – that are saleable and could be easily integrated into an edgy woman’s wardrobe.

Neon leather accessories played off the geometric shapes and strategic cutouts to create a modern collection of separates and dresses.