Joseph Altuzarra usually hits the mark with his spring shows, but his latest collection suggests he’s been saving his best for the winter months. Altuzarra’s springboard was Corto Maltese, the cult Italian comic strip character of the 1970s, but there was much more to ingest this season than a sailor motif.

Shearling outerwear paired with jodhpur trousers and fringed knee-high boots hit the swashbuckling theme on the nose, but Altuzarra steered clear of any literal motifs with his cross-cultural referencing. Kutch Banjara fabrics, velvet patchworks and Indian prints were the perfect balance of unexpected and wearable.

Opulent fur peacoats and figure-flattering flairs are sure to be a hit with retailers, and Altuzarra’s PR is going to have some serious trouble keeping up with the editorial requests for those Moroccan print dresses. Trust us.

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