Every once in a while, a collection comes along that sets the tone for an entire season. With its effortless silhouettes and vibrant palette, Altuzarra’s latest offering feels like a blueprint for sophisticated warm-weather dressing. For SS18, New York–based Joseph Altuzarra created an Exclusively Ours capsule based on a dip-dye technique he first introduced in SS16 and punctuated it with easy accessories and separates.
The art-minded designer looked to his Basque heritage for inspiration, specifically its artisanal craftsmanship. “A lot of my references come from interiors, homes, and objects that I love, and this is no exception,” explains Altuzarra. “The pieces themselves are very sensual and can be worn undone and open and really represent the sense of ease and sexiness that is consistent with the brand.”
The dip-dye pieces nod to ceramist Lucie Rie’s beautiful vases. “We hand painted, dip dyed, and bleached fabric in my bathtub as experiments until we got the exact effect that I liked. Then, we created three different colorways, one of which is brand new for this capsule.”
Designing pieces for summer comes easily to Altuzarra, who admits to loving warm weather. “I also think dressing for spring and summer is so much about attitude, and for me, about the idea of an undoneness and ease. I think that very much speaks to what I love and what Altuzarra is about to me.”