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Designer Diary: Joseph Altuzarra Takes Us Inside Milan’s International Woolmark Prize

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Last Friday, Joseph Altuzarra represented the good ol’ U.S.A. in the final round of the International Woolmark Prize. After winning the U.S. leg of the competition, the designer, who presented his Fall ’14 lineup just weeks ago, flew to Milan to present his standout collection of innovative, highly technical wool looks to an esteemed panel of judges. India’s Rahul Mishra ended up taking home the award, but Altuzarra, with his textural pastel knits and slick black tuxedo, proved a worthy opponent. Here, he shares a diary of his trip to Milan exclusively with Style.com.

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Last Wednesday, after wrapping up our Fall/Winter collection, my team and I arrived in Milan to prepare and show our International Woolmark capsule collection as the U.S. finalist of the 2013/14 finals. Here’s a diary of our trip in Milan!

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A quick pit stop at Museo del Novecento on our first day in Milan before we began preparations for the finals.

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The top floor of the museum had a neon installation by Lucio Fontana that was commissioned for the Triennale di Milano in 1951. It was the perfect piece to brighten up a rainy day in the city.

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Chatting about the IWP experience back at Woolmark HQ.

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At fittings for our six looks for the finals. Although it is not the same as the number of looks for our regular seasons, it was still an important and exciting process!

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When in Milan…a coffee and Nutella croissant are practically mandatory afternoon snacks.

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Morning of the finals! A peaceful moment at the Duomo.

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Our models in the final collection. It was inspired by archetypes that memorably represented wool in the past century, like Hitchcockian heroines, navy uniforms, and fuzzy, comfortable textures.

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Post-competition, it was time to relax! What better way than with a fresh batch of chiacchiere—airy fried dough with powdered sugar that is only available during the Carnevale season. And with that, I’m headed back to New York to begin preparing for our upcoming Resort collection. Ciao!!

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