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altuzarra wins the tiara for sexy luxe and cool craft

Joseph Altuzarra knows what women want. We caught up with the designer after his autumn/winter 14 show.

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No matter how perfectly cut and meticulously thought out Joseph Altuzarra's collections always are, his clothes are constantly, casually seductive. Silk midi-dresses with thigh-high slits fluttered and clung to models curves, while tailored, figure-hugging grey dresses were cut to reveal bold flashes of magenta and orange, and the coats! Cinched at the waist with giant lapels like shawls slung across girls shoulders in blue's, cream's and bright, bright pink, you can imagine the woman who would slip out of that to reveal only the classiest of silk dresses beneath... steamy. Raw but lush tapestry dresses followed, inspired by the 70s textiles of Sheila Hicks, an artist Joseph discovered at Art Basel Miami Beach. This is how to make everyone look at you without making a fuss...

What do you like about Sheila Hicks? 
It was the whole idea of craft and craftmanship that had the feeling of luxurious pieces that are handmade and tactile. 

You had a lot of contrasting elements in the show – neatly tailored with rougher tapestry, neutral colours with bold magenta’s and oranges, was it difficult to make the collection flow? 
There were a lot of different elements, but central to the collection, the woman was the same and the mood was the same, which I felt really held this season together. 

Which was your favourite piece and why? 
Look 1 - it really embodied the sense of ease, simplicity and comfort as well as play on colour that was central to this collection. 

Who do you envisage wearing the collection?  
I feel that this collection speaks to an array of different women, from those who are looking for luxurious, wearable pieces to those who are looking for a pop of color in their wardrobes. 

At first glance it’s a demure collection but there are flashes of skin from low necklines and thigh high slits, how important is it to you to keep it a little bit sexy?  
It is very importance - the sense of sexiness and seduction is a big part of our brand DNA, and something that continues to evolve with the seasons. 

How did it feel to be showing at such a big venue? 
It was our first time showing at Spring Studios, and our show was actually the first ever on that floor! The space really felt it organically fit with the mood of the collection. 

Do you have any pre-show rituals?
I like to take my dog Bean out for a morning walk to clear my head and really think about the collection.  

What did you do to celebrate after the show?  
It changes season to season, but usually ends with celebrating with my close family and friends and my fiance, Seth. 

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