34 posts tagged "Altuzarra"
The turtleneck is often reserved for the ski slopes and blustery, cold winter days. This season, however, the functional essential got a fashionable update and multiple designers layered them under jackets and dresses. At Celine and Bottega Veneta‘s Fall ’11 shows, basic, fitted white turtlenecks looked sleek under tailored coats. Altuzarra and Givenchy took a more maximal approach—Altuzarra offered cable knits and Givenchy (pictured) sexed it up with black leather sleeves. Look for variations of the theme to be editor favorites when New York fashion week kicks off next week.
Givenchy pullover, $1,445, www.colette.fr.
Being the son of Sergio Rossi, Gianvito Rossi has something of a footwear pedigree. But rather than grow under his father’s brand, the Rimini, Italy-based designer decided to strike out solo. He’s built his own eponymous line at a deliberate pace; after launching in September 2006, Gianvito gradually developed his brand into a worldwide presence. In the U.S., he’s carried at Barneys, where his ongoing collaboration with Joseph Altuzarra has been turning heads. While in New York for the week, Rossi spoke with Style.com about his design DNA and his overarching concept.
Having grown up in the footwear business, do you think your style is different from your father’s?
It’s different in a way, but it takes a lot of the DNA. I’ve worked for my father since I was 17, so it’s very much in me. I think what changes is the point of view. You mix your experience with the ideas and concept.
Is there an overarching concept?
The shoe is really more a frame than a piece of art. Some designers may think this way, that it’s more art. For me, the piece of art is women. We’re making something that’s really an accessory.
On the topic of women, is it gratifying to make a beautiful shoe for a woman?
There’s great satisfaction and especially when you see them pleased to wear it. Sometimes, I see a woman who wears sky-high heels and maybe she’s uncomfortable. It changes her mood and in the end is stressful for her. But when she wears a shoe she likes, her whole way about her changes. It’s not only about looking at the shoe then, you can see it in her face.
You work with Joseph Altuzarra on the footwear for his line. How did you two originally link up?
Joseph called me because I was suggested by some friends. At the time, I was in my third collection and I had structured the company step by step, and it was the first time that the production was going very smoothly. He was starting his fashion show and I thought he was a nice guy, so why not? We’ve been collaborating for two and half years now. He’s really a nice guy to work with and I think the designs are looking strong.
Trends came and trends went in 2010, but brilliant, bold color may well be what we remember from the year in fashion—and no color more than red. “Red is inescapable,” our man on the street, Tommy Ton, noted about off-the-runway style, and at the shows and presentations, crimson ruled. Above, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite options shown in New York, Milan, and Paris this year—many of them hitting stores in 2011, lest you worry the look may leave us early. Shrinking violets need not apply.
Top, left to right: Suit by Givenchy; coat by Jil Sander; suit by Preen.
Above, left to right: Coatdress by Chloé; top and pants by Haider Ackermann; gown by Altuzarra.
It was a clash of the creatures for Spring 2011. In one corner: last season’s reigning champion, leopard. In the other, python. Thakoon Panichgul, for his part, decided snakeskin, both real and as a print on sequins, had the bigger bite. Joseph Altuzarra also saw python as the clear victor. “It feels very exotic and sensual, and has a timeless appeal,” he told Style.com. “Whether you wear a full python jacket with a simple pant, or patchwork it with other materials, it’s feminine and sexy.” Sexy, and how. Roberto Cavalli‘s fringed rock goddess gowns were plenty sultry. But those in the market for something a bit more tame can still take a nibble. Michael Kors worked the skin into a putty-colored pencil skirt, and Barbara Bui used it as an accent on a trench.
Click here for a slideshow, and let us know if snakeskin is in for spring.
Halloween: the new three-day weekend. The fashion set donned its costumes (what, you think professional dressers content themselves with just one?) for 72-plus hours of revelry. And while some were skimpy and some were envy-inducing (we’re looking at you, Karmen Pedaru in Altuzarra), many were flat-out great, from Eddie Borgo as Pee-wee Herman to Prabal Gurung as Marc Jacobs to Brad Goreski as blogger Tavi Gevinson to Eugenie Niarchos as Alice (of Wonderland fame, complete with white rabbit). Check out our complete Halloween roundup, and let us know: Who had the best costume of the night?