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Altuzarra Gave British Tradition a Sexy Update for Pre-Fall

Leave it to Altuzarra to design a chic take on fishing jackets.

At an intimate presentation inside of his SoHo design studio on Friday, Joseph Altuzarra told the story of his pre-fall collection: Inspired by the English countryside and customary British dress, his latest offering plays with classic wardrobe elements — hunting and fishing jackets, horseback riding gear, lots of houndstooth and utilitarian hardware — and updates them with his modern, sexy aesthetic. 

For example, the traditional waxed green hunting jackets with snapped pockets were developed into more feminine but still structured shapes, including a pencil skirt with a slit, a fitted dress and a full jumpsuit nipped in at the waist with a chic utility belt. A basic lightweight quilted coat in army green was made luxe by lining the interior with white Mongolian wool — a piece that we're positive we'll see on an editor or two come Fashion Month. The hardware that's characteristic of utilitarian garments (like grommets and rivets) was incorporated throughout for both decoration and function — this is seen in a number of sexy lace-up looks, as well as on an embroidered evening dress that mimics the look of rivets in a delicate way.

Aside from houndstooth, which appears in a couple of Altuzarra's signature shirt dresses and high-slit skirts, the other big print story was animal, something that's new for the brand. Leopard print on goat skin looked soft and natural on coats, dresses and skirts, and more painterly versions of the print in green, yellow and purple tones on jacquard or lightweight silk helped to round out the collection. A supremely cozy-looking silk gown with velvet leopard appliques closed the presentation, and although the designer likened it to a long-sleeved tee, we can assure you it's glamorous enough for any red carpet event.

Click through the gallery below to see the Altuzarra pre-fall 2015 collection in full.

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