Altuzarra Resort 2011: Sweet Simplicity For the City or Saint-Tropez

As much as Prabal may have deserved it, I have to admit I was a little bummed that Joseph Altuzarra didn't win the coveted Swarovski Award for Womenswear at this year's CFDA's (he was our prediction). Of course, being nominated for something so prestigious is almost as significant as winning, and the loss clearly hasn't hindered the designer in the least. Altuzarra presented his first ever resort collection this week and we got to get up close and personal with it at his showroom yesterday. That after a mere two years in the biz, he is able to do a full resort collection is a testament to Altuzarra's talent and inevitable continued success, especially given how awesome this collection is.
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As much as Prabal may have deserved it, I have to admit I was a little bummed that Joseph Altuzarra didn't win the coveted Swarovski Award for Womenswear at this year's CFDA's (he was our prediction). Of course, being nominated for something so prestigious is almost as significant as winning, and the loss clearly hasn't hindered the designer in the least. Altuzarra presented his first ever resort collection this week and we got to get up close and personal with it at his showroom yesterday. That after a mere two years in the biz, he is able to do a full resort collection is a testament to Altuzarra's talent and inevitable continued success, especially given how awesome this collection is.
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As much as Prabal may have deserved it, I have to admit I was a little bummed that Joseph Altuzarra didn't win the coveted Swarovski Award for Womenswear at this year's CFDA's (he was our prediction). Of course, being nominated for something so prestigious is almost as significant as winning, and the loss clearly hasn't hindered the designer in the least. Altuzarra presented his first ever resort collection this week and we got to get up close and personal with it at his showroom yesterday. That after a mere two years in the biz, he is able to do a full resort collection is a testament to Altuzarra's talent and inevitable continued success, especially given how awesome this collection is.

It was inspired by '60s Saint-Tropez and Brigitte Bardot, but Joseph also wanted the pieces to be functional and able to be worn in the city. Everything was sweet, feminine and simple, but still very Altuzarra. There was tons of eyelet, even an eyelet knit which I loved, and other light, functional fabrics like cottons and linens. The color palette was clean and minimal--a lot of white and nude with little ranges of black, light yellow, pale pink and baby blue. There were several coats similar to the parkas everyone loved from his fall collection, but in much lighter fabrics. There were several instances of corset-like, form-fitting bodices but in easy-to-wear, moveable fabrics like knit and linen. There were also ruffles on the hems of dresses and even down the back of a yellow A-line skirt.

Standouts included cropped knit tops, a black eyelet jacket with leather sleeves, and many adorable polin fit and flare style dresses that I wanted to take off the rack and put on right there--one of the biggest problems with resort is that you want to wear everything as soon as you see it, but it won't be available for months.

See below for the lookbook, but know that there are a ton of great pieces that weren't included, some of which I actually thought were cuter that the ones that were (like all the pink and yellow stuff)...