NEW YORK — In the lead up to Sunday evening’s runway show at Spring Studios, designer Joseph Altuzarra posted to Instagram a series of 16th century Northern European paintings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art from which he drew inspiration. “Part of what I love about renaissance [sic] painting is the interest in faces,” wrote Altuzarra, alluding to the shift in focus away from God to man. Altuzarra’s collection for Fall 2017 continued this Renaissance theme, albeit with a contemporary treatment. To that end, richly embellished fur coats were paired with thickly soled combat boots that climbed ever higher and higher. If the Renaissance was a response to the Dark Ages, then its role as inspiration for Altuzarra’s collection in early 2017 assumes an even greater poignancy amidst the rise of greater intolerance and aversion to evidence based inquiry. On the evening eight model at Next including Selena Forrest, Lea Issarni, Julie Hoomans, Lineisy Montero, WangyJay Wright, Leila Goldkuhl, and Lia Pavlova featured on the runway.

Credits include: Client, Altuzarra; Collection, Women’s Ready-To-Wear Fall / Winter 2017; Clothing design, Joseph Altuzarra; Styling, Vanessa Traina, Mélanie Huynh; Hair, Odile Gilbert for TRESemmé; Makeup, Tom Pecheux; Manicure, Mar Y Soul for Zoya; Production, Prodject; Music direction, Michel Gaubert; Casting, Michelle Lee; Video, Damien Neva at Next Management.