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The look was perfected by Joseph Altuzarra, a rising star on the New York fashion scene since launching his collection in 2008 and whose fan base includes Jessica Chastain and Kate Bosworth, who both sat front row.
His inspiration was the 1992 film "Orlando," based on the book by Virginia Woolf about an English courtier who wakes up one day transformed into a woman. The story, like the collection, traveled through time and place, from the 17th century to the present, Elizabethan England to imperial Russia to the exotic alleys of Constantinople.
The look was haute-workwear-meets-baroque-Bedouin: utilitarian-looking railroad-stripe or khaki cotton jackets with gathered peplums and two-way zipper details; Deco beaded silk pants; blazers and halter dresses with gold fringe neck scarves attached; ma-cramé fringe skirts and draped "scarf dresses" with scalloped embroidery or rich crystal embellishment. Altuzarra executed the complex, special clothes beautifully.
September 8, 2012