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Without fail, trend spotting is often the first point of conversation at the beginning, middle, and end of each collections season. Fortunately for Joseph Altuzarra, a young designer who has often been at the forefront of such conversation, his sophisticated and singular point of view silenced the noise.

Never one to shy away from experimentation in previous seasons, and after successful collaborations with J. Crew and Target (not to mention Kering taking a minority stake in the brand), Altuzarra found his stride with his sublimely exquisite Fall 2015 collection. The French-American designer focused his efforts on the sexy uptown girl with downtown edge (think a modern update to Capote’s swans) that first catapulted him to fashion superstardom nearly seven years ago, and won the chic-set over with his dizzying take on a new Gilded era.

This collection could be categorized as “sexy secretary visits the English countryside” for its pairing of expertly tailored Prince of Wales check coats with luscious tawny fox fur collars over the thinnest (and most seductive) Chantilly lace dresses and blouses neatly tucked into pencil skirts with thigh-high slits. Or perhaps “urban princess dances with danger and desire” would be more apt.

Many of the flirty frocks featured deep-v and keyhole necklines (some with sheer panels ending with an Edwardian ruffle at the neck), or finished with a flounce at the knee, or cascaded from the hips in a Flamenco style. Without a doubt, these party dresses will appear on many a red carpet in the days leading up to the Academy Awards if not for the main event.

From more for NYFW Fall/Winter 2015, click here.