April 19 2014

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45 posts tagged "Altuzarra"

Dear Santa, Please Bring Me…A Very Long Letter?


Last night’s annual tree-lighting at Rockefeller Center was a mob scene, but it wasn’t the evening’s only throng. Just down the street, shoppers, designers, and fashion fixtures like Kate Bosworth, Prabal Gurung and Karlie Kloss came together to toast the launch of Target, Neiman Marcus, and the CFDA’s collaborative holiday collection—and to do a little pre-shopping. A set of highball glasses designed by Joseph Altuzarra, and Christmas ornaments by Jason Wu seemed to be particularly hot-ticket items, and some designers appeared to have had their own lists in mind when creating their items: Both the duos behind Marchesa and Rag & Bone made outfits for their children. But what were they hoping for themselves? Click here for a slideshow of shoppers roaming the racks, and read on below to find out who’s stockpiling Jet-Set Travel and Peruvian liquor, and who’s hoping to find a Ferrari parked under their tree. Continue Reading “Dear Santa, Please Bring Me…A Very Long Letter?” »

All Aboard!


They’re card-carrying members of the Information Era, but downtown designers returned to the Industrial Age for Spring, giving railroad stripes a modern makeover on their runways. Joseph Altuzarra whipped up tailored blazers and “editors’ capes” from the sturdy stuff and underscored its utilitarian appeal with patch labels that riffed on the traditional Carhartt logo. Still, as we put it on our review , “no one is going to be driving spikes in these things,” particularly when the engineered outerwear is paired with decadent gold fringe. Rag & Bone’s Marcus Wainwright and David Neville showed their striped separates with doily lace and motocross leather, and they weren’t the only ones working on the railroad. The industrial pattern was given girlish spins at Suno, Sacai, and Marc by Marc Jacobs, too.

CLICK FOR A SLIDESHOW of Spring’s standout railroad stripes.

Two Sales To Shop Your Way To Sandy Relief


The destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy was immense, but the relief efforts have been impressive—efforts that have drawn even the likes of Madonna into the do-gooding fold. (At her Madison Square Garden concert this week, the lady performed a lugubrious striptease to a piano-driven version of “Like A Virgin,” while demanding that audience members toss bills onto the stage for the relief efforts. And according to today’s New York Times, she’s been knocking on doors in the Rockaways with Klaus Biesenbach.) The fashion community is pitching in, too, in its usual way: shopping.

The CFDA has rallied its troops to contribute to Fashion for Sandy Relief, a sale offering 50 percent off designs by its rank and file to benefit The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. (The Tory Burch Foundation at Vogue are partners on the event.) It takes place tomorrow at 10am at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Pavilion. Meanwhile, the fashion execs formerly known as Fashion Girls for Japan have broadened their mission statement and rechristened themselves Fashion Girls for Humanity. (One hopes their Berger & Wild-designed logo, left, won’t have to change.) As such, it is throwing a sale at the end of the month at the Bowery Hotel, where proceeds will be donated to Architecture for Humanity and Waves for Water, two groups working to assist communities impacted by Sandy. More than 100 designers are contributing, and the Fashion Girls have, in the past, coaxed donations from the likes of Proenza Schouler, Thom Browne, Altuzarra, Alexander Wang, and Zero + Maria Cornejo. Not a bad incentive to eat light on Thanksgiving.

Fashion for Sandy Relief Designer Sale runs Friday, November 16, from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. at Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St., NYC. Fashion Girls for Humanity’s sale runs November 27 and 28 at the Bowery Hotel, 355 Bowery, NYC. For tickets, visit

Illustration: Courtesy of Fashion Girls For Humanity

At 50, Right On Target


Target was toasting its 50 years in business in New York last night, but it was not its history that served as the night’s centerpiece. Instead, the retailer and its party guests focused on Christmas future with last night’s unveiling of the Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday collection lookbook, featuring an impressive roster of 24 CFDA designers including Proenza Schouler, Marc Jacobs, Jason Wu, and Band of Outsiders. “I’m so honored to participate,” said Eddie Borgo at the party on West 22nd Street. “This is such a new, innovative way to connect consumers to brands that may seem otherwise unattainable.” In addition to Borgo’s accent box and letter opener offerings, gifting options from Altuzarra, Brian Atwood, and Rag & Bone inspired partygoers to engage in a debate of the non-presidential variety—favorite for-Target designer.

“Jason Wu, no contest,” declared Harley Viera-Newton from the turntables, kicking off the festivities before Alicia Keys treated attendees to an a cappella performance. DJ Brendan Fallis made an equally strong case for another candidate. “I’m completely partial to the Thom Browne blazer. [Thom] is dressing me for the Apollo benefit; I just can’t get enough of his stuff right now,” he told Interior designer and author Nate Berkus (celebrating the same-day release of his home decor book The Things That Matter and whose own 150-piece Target collection launches October 21) vehemently agreed. “Thom wins by a landslide. I’m only 5′ 8″ and love that his clothes actually fit me,” said Berkus.

Starting a whole new debate, actress Naomi Watts (pictured) cast her votes for future collaborators. “I would love to see my friend Stella McCartney, Isabel Marant, or Helmut Lang do a little something.” #Don’tWeAll. Until then, the limited-edition collection from the current lineup of designers for Target + Neiman Marcus will be on offer starting December 1 at all Target and Neiman Marcus stores.

Photo: Neil Rasmus /

All About Altuzarra


The Spring shows are in full swing in Milan right now, but one New York show that remains a strong memory in the minds of editors was Joseph Altuzarra‘s. “For this collection, I was very inspired by adornment and jewelry from different time periods and cultures,” the CFDA Swarovski Award winner, who used reference points ranging from ballet to the maharajas of India, tells (We’re still thinking about that last look, in particular.) Here, the designer gives us an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse at how it all came together.