Joseph Altuzarra's debut last season piqued a great deal of interest, and for Spring 2010, the designer - who's worked at Givenchy under Riccardo Tisci and freelanced for Proenza Schouler - has sustained it.
The collection was a upscale, 70s inspired affair (we sense the 80s craze is mercifully waning) with whites and shades of tan taking centre stage. It was a Chloe Sevigny sort of Seventies though (if there can be such a thing) that took one part sweet, one part Wild West (somehow) and melded it with a devil-may-care sexiness and freedom that the trend for leather and bodycon; the shoulderpads and armour of Autumn 09 lacked.
M.E. loved a long white dress worn by model Karlie Kloss which was anything but Little House on the Prairie, and a pair of knee-high boots in a patchwork of suede have both cult hit and indie actress fodder written all over them.
To sum up - watch this designer like hawks. It's clear from the two collections so far that he's a major talent.