Altuzarra Melds Italian Comic Book Heroes With Turkish Influences for Fall

The designer's collection had a luxurious, global traveler quality, with coin-embellished printed dresses and exquisitely tailored pea coats.

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A furry runway look from Altuzarra's global Fall 2012 collection.
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Despite the fact that news of Whitney Houston's death broke mere minutes before Joseph Altuzarra's Fall 2012 collection was set to begin, the designer's strong, cohesive fall line kept everyone at the show in rapt attention.
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The collection was one of the week's strongest thus far, melding myriad global influences to create a kind of global traveler chic.
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The presence of Turkish carpets throughout the West 28th Street warehouse where the collection was staged, coupled with the jangling coin belts and embellishments on some of the pieces, signaled a certain jet-set gypsy vibe.
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Those details were countered, however, with precise '40s-inspired tailoring and edgy, over-the-knee leather boots.
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Here, an embellished sweater is paired with a tailored swing skirt and a pair of killer boots.
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Some of the looks -- like this chunky knit worn under a long pea coat -- had a certain naval quality to them. According to Vogue, Altuzarra was inspired in part by one of his boyhood comic book heroes, the Italian Corto Maltese.
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One of the collection's stand-outs: a midnight blue pea coat with rows of gold bottons, topped off with a stiff collar lined in black fur.
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A fringed white knit skirt, paired with a trim black blazer.
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Swashbuckler chic: a black dress with a side slit gets topped off with a ruffled collar.
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Fur trimmings have had a strong presence in the fall collections thus far, and Altuzarra showed one of the week's best additions: a silvery-gray fur wrap collar featuring hidden pockets, paired with a trim gray coat.
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Graphic textiles make an appearance on this parka-like silhouette, trimmed in white fur.
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The closing looks made the most direct reference to the Turkish textiles on on the floors of the space, featuring bold fabrics and gypsy-inspired coin belts.
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The show's big closer: a dress so covered in coins that show attendants could hear it before it even made its way into their viewing sections.
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