Sonny Shoots Altuzarra, Tibi + More
The drab weather and frantic crowds were no match for Milk fav Sonny Vandevelde as he ventured through three more fashion shows on his quest to conquer New York Fashion Week. Camera in hand, Sonny shot the backstage happenings at Altuzarra, Lacoste, and Tibi.
For French designer Joseph Altuzarra, this collection was a chance to showcase his commitment to creating a seductive and strong silhouette for women while venturing into a new spectrum of color and cut. Citing Spanish ceramics and handicrafts as inspiration, the designer brought his signature mix of French and American styling to a new level with hues molten orange, emerald green, and a blue and white tone that looked like a cloudy sky strutting down the runway. The Spanish influence was deeply felt with a strong commitment to espadrilles that went from casual beachwear to high fashion with the addition of high pump backing and slick leather detailing. We haven’t seen this much splendor since pre-Franco Spain.
At Lacoste, Felipe Oliveira Baptista took inspiration from an atlas, crafting looks based off of flags around the world and taking cutting cues from the shapes of the respective countries. The freshness in color vibrancy provided the element of fun that is prevalent in Lacoste shows, and the eclectic variety of patterns gave the whole collection an air of jet-setter ease. Aside from the house’s name being branded across several of the pieces, Lacoste paid homage to their roots with the sleek athleticism of the collection’s footwear–sneakers for every boy and foam platform slides for every girl.
The Tibi show stayed true the brand’s classical femininity, but added a bit of toughness and polish. Designer Amy Smilovic created silhouettes that were loose and flowy, and wide-legged shorts and pants abounded. Most of the clothing could work perfectly for a party or the beach, especially some lovely maxi dresses with front pleats. We especially loved a shimmery shirt and pant combo that was perfect for a 2015 version of Studio 54.
To see more of Sonny’s backstage coverage from the shows click here, and check back for more as Fashion Week continues.