Altuzarra Spring 2012: A Taste of the Tropics for the City Girl

Fashion darling Joseph Altuzarra's spring 2012 collection seemed tailor made for front row attendee Carine Roitfeld, who was an early champion of the young designer. There were leather bodycon dresses and mini skirts galore as well as enviable outerwear (oh, and strong references to Balenciaga). But if you think all that leather equals a hard-edged, black and white, urban collection think again. Don't get me wrong: the styling was hard--models had bare faces with strong blackened in eyebrows and their hair came down in a thick curtain over their eyes-- but the tight leather dresses and skirts were inset with panels of bright tropical prints. That Altuzarra was feeling the tropics was clear as models walked in front of a backdrop of lush jungle greens. It's hard to get the fast-paced high-powered city girl to wear anything other than black and leather but Altuzarra might get her to wear color and prints come spring.
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Fashion darling Joseph Altuzarra's spring 2012 collection seemed tailor made for front row attendee Carine Roitfeld, who was an early champion of the young designer. There were leather bodycon dresses and mini skirts galore as well as enviable outerwear (oh, and strong references to Balenciaga). But if you think all that leather equals a hard-edged, black and white, urban collection think again. Don't get me wrong: the styling was hard--models had bare faces with strong blackened in eyebrows and their hair came down in a thick curtain over their eyes-- but the tight leather dresses and skirts were inset with panels of bright tropical prints. That Altuzarra was feeling the tropics was clear as models walked in front of a backdrop of lush jungle greens. It's hard to get the fast-paced high-powered city girl to wear anything other than black and leather but Altuzarra might get her to wear color and prints come spring.
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Fashion darling Joseph Altuzarra's spring 2012 collection seemed tailor made for front row attendee Carine Roitfeld, who was an early champion of the young designer.

There were leather bodycon dresses and mini skirts galore as well as enviable outerwear (oh, and strong references to Balenciaga). But if you think all that leather equals a hard-edged, black and white, urban collection think again. Don't get me wrong: the styling was hard--models had bare faces with strong blackened in eyebrows and their hair came down in a thick curtain over their eyes-- but the tight leather dresses and skirts were inset with panels of bright tropical prints. That Altuzarra was feeling the tropics was clear as models walked in front of a backdrop of lush jungle greens.

It's hard to get the fast-paced high-powered city girl to wear anything other than black and leather but Altuzarra might get her to wear color and prints come spring.

**All images: Imaxtree