At Altuzarra, Hypnotic Prints and a Major “It Bag” Competitor for Spring 2023
Altuzarra’s Spring 2023 debut on Saturday morning was one of those shows where you just want to reach out, remove the model’s clothes and accessories, and wear them immediately.
With an all-front-row seating format (in an airy, no-frills industrial space near the West Side Highway), I practically could have. Chief among the items on my wish list (and I’m sure many more) is the designer’s new Parka bag. It’s a fresh take on the 2000-era baguette shape that was already at the forefront of everyone’s mind after Fendi’s big send-off 12 hours earlier. Structured with a gently rounded bottom and presented in a range of colorways, the shoulder bag is that perfect size neither too small nor too big. Pockets, drawstrings and braid details add a touch of edge and distinction without being over the top. Come spring, it will be the perfect alternative to the more ubiquitous “it bags” of big luxury brands, although it could very likely join their ranks.
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The Parka bag’s pockets and nylon drawstrings reflect a utilitarianism that runs throughout the collection: many looks have been styled with actual hooded parkas, sportswear details and simple trainers (a collaboration with Keds ), summarized in a press release as “a move toward radical functionality”. “
Joseph Altuzarra was inspired this season by the desert – guests received a copy of the 1968 novel ‘Desert Solitaire’ – and all it encompasses, including “the path to mysticism, blurring the lines between man and nature, the physical and the spiritual”, as the designer put it in a statement. In addition to outdoor-ready pieces and stylishly gorp-y detailing, this theme manifests itself in a number of beautiful prints and Shibori dyes with a hypnotic, psychedelic feel, found on the simple long dresses. of the brand as well as on daytime outfits. , such as matching sets of shorts and buttons. I wanted one too, but not as much as this Parka bag.
Check out all the looks from Altuzarra’s Spring 2023 collection in the gallery below.