High Fashion, College Wallet: Altuzarra S/S 2017

With his Spring/Summer 2017 collection, Joseph Altuzarra aimed to bring joy to a stressful election year. The looks accomplished this goal, providing a nice contrast to other designers’ largely black collections using gingham, varying textures and a combination of innocence and sexiness. Models walked down the runway in a mixture of pastels and neutrals, heels often paired with sheer black polka-dotted tights, and oversized earrings in an array of shades. The collection made patterns and colors typically reserved for daywear work for night, possibly convincing those who strictly go out in neutrals to venture into a new style.

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One model stood out with her outfit that stuck to different shades of blue. She wore a light blue gingham button-down dress with a tie at the waist, with the top unbuttoned so her black and white patterned bandeau peeked through. Accessories included black ankle-strapped heels, a shiny blue purse and blue oversized earrings. Her smoky eyes and slicked-back hair emphasized that although the look has bright, joyous colors, it works perfectly at night.

To recreate this look, first find a nice blue gingham dress. It can take a little searching to not look like Dorothy, but options include this $20 shirtdress from Rosegal or this picnic dress from the Vermont Country Store, worth the $70 due to its authentic look. Several options that are even better can be found on sites like eBay or Poshmark, so those dedicated to closely replicating the Altuzarra look should definitely look there as well as thrift shopping.

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The bandeau is widely available and easily customizable for those looking to try their own twist on the style. H&M carries a pretty lace option for $18, and Buckle.com has a fun floral bandeau for $15. Feel free to get adventurous with colors and patterns; creatively mixing pieces in a way that works is something Altuzarra embraces.

Next, find some basic but stylish black ankle-strapped heels. These stilettos from Ego provide a high-fashion look and versatility for roughly $40 total. Any small, blue purse works well; try a wristlet from Talbots for $49. Capture the fun of Altuzarra’s earrings with an individual, edgy twist with this pair, just $20 on Popmap. Finally, either do your favorite sultry, sophisticated hair and makeup or follow YouTube tutorials to get the smoky eyes and slicked-back hair.

Not many would imagine a gingham dress as appropriate attire for a night on the town, but Altuzarra opens a window of possibility by combining it with nontraditional accessories. Pairing this innocent rustic piece with decidedly less conservative complements and a mature beauty look will have friends looking with envy, trying to figure out how they can effortlessly do this themselves. Share secrets or don’t, but no matter what, embrace this unique yet perfectly juxtaposed look.

Ali Webb is a Staff Writer. Email her at violetvision@nyunews.com.

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