One of my dreams came true this year when I was lucky enough to attend the Joseph Altuzarra show during NYFW.
I have been a huge fan of the designer since his Fall/Winter 2011 collection and that green parka. The green parka that was on everyone’s must-have list. The green park that almost made me faint in the middle of Barneys New York when I saw it on sale. Like, final markdown, sale. It was two sizes too big but the tailors at Barneys are the best in the world. That coat put me on a path of investing in quality outerwear. Altuzarra’s gypsy-inspired collection for Fall/Winter 2012 stands out for me as one of my all-time favorites. I bought the blue peacoat that year from Net-A-Porter and have been pretty much buying an Altuzarra coat on sale every year now.
For the show, my friend and shopper Jack Stern at Neiman Marcus convinced to buy this top. I’m not sure why I needed convincing but what I couldn’t discern from the online photos was the volume it has. I shot this when I got back from New York because I knew my talented friend Ashley would capture it beautifully.
I found this pleather Marc by Marc Jacobs skirt at Saks Fifth Avenue and decided to add something a little unexpected with the pink and gold boots. Jack searched the country for them and finally found a single pair at the San Francisco store.
I knew I wanted to complete the outfit with a black and white colorblock bag. I decided on this one because it is so versatile. I have been wearing it with everything. Dresses at night. Sweaters and jeans during the day. I literally haven’t taken it off. Prepare to see it in every photo for a while.
Here’s a peek at my pre-show prep.
And people-watching from my seat before it began.
A number of attendees were carrying Altuzarra’s new handbag. I love that it doesn’t look like any other bag out there. They are available at Barneys New York.
And how amazing is this new boxy shape for spring? I’m crazy about this bag. The new collection was inspired by the designer’s Basque heritage and I really liked the relaxed feel it had, particular the loose skirts with the designer’s signature slit. And the espadrilles are a must-have for spring.
And sure enough, there was another covetable coat.
- TAKE-AWAY TIP
If you’re going to invest in something, invest in quality outerwear. You will have it forever. Much longer than those trendy pair of shoes. It truly is all about cut and fit. And who cares what you are wearing underneath. December is a great time to find one on sale.
Photos by Ashley of Sed Bona.