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Spring Spotlight: Altuzarra’s Prints Gone Wild

4 2 2012

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What do Hawaiian Shirts, Toucans, Palm Leaves and Parrots have in common? They all served as inspiration behind the Altuzarra Spring/Summer 2012 tropical print, which you can now find perched on the Third Floor.

My inspiration for Spring’s signature print came from all things feathered and exotic.  This print evolved into two specific color palettes but birds were the base layer for both versions.  As you can see in the first layer, birds in motion came out to play:

Altuzarra print

I chose to enhance the negative space by digitally layering exotic leaves and flowers.  Look closely at the two versions below, Green Palm (left) and Orange Flower (right), can you still find all the birds that formed the first layer?

Green Palm & Orange Flower

When the designing collection, I paired Green Palm with black perforated leather, and the Orange Flower always went with white.

Altuzarra Green Palm Blazer, 212 872 8747 Altuzarra Orange Blossom Dress, 212 872 8747

The Palm leaves and foliage theme continued on the runway set, too!

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Joseph Altuzarra

Whether it was a dress, shirt or pair of pants, we really couldn’t get enough of this print. We loved the print on everything!

Altuzarra Floral-Print Bias-Seam Dress, 212 872 8747 Altuzarra Tropical-Print Blouse, 212 872 8747 Altuzarra Tropical-Print Pant, 212 872 8747

Put a bird on it! One can’t help but think birds are probably the boldest animal of the season, as the timeless wallpaper at BG Restaurant attests:

Altuzarra Twitter Photo

— Joseph Altuzarra

Complete the Look: 

Manolo Blahnik colorblock sandal, 212 872 2847 Prada Clutch, 212 872 8821YSL Rouge Pur Couture Pure Color Lipstick, 212 872 8654

MANOLO BLAHNIK Colorblock Sandal, 212 872 8947
PRADA Rose-Applique Clutch, 212 872 8821
YVES SAINT LAURENT  Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick, 212 872 8654

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 Joseph Altuzarra was born and raised in Paris.  After studying at Swarthmore College, he worked with Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler and Givenchy before creating his own line, Altuzarra.  In 2011 Altuzarra won the pretigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award.  He lives in New York with his dog, Bean.